By MICHAEL MUI, 24 HOURS
A national medical marijuana dispensary [association] is proposing provincial health care insurance providers could help Health Canada save money in dispensing the drug.
In a meeting with Health Canada officials in Vancouver Wednesday, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries proposed, among the insurance arrangements, the dispensaries replace the current supplier.
The meeting was arranged after an April ruling from the Ontario Superior Court that ordered the national health authority to make its medical marijuana program more accessible.
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“As it currently stands, patients are either able to produce their own cannabis, have somebody grow it for them, or purchase from Health Canada’s sole contract supplier,” said Rielle Capler, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries spokeswoman.
Results and recommendations from Health Canada are expected next year.