Ontario Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Build on Previous Roundtables with Health Canada

Ontario Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Build on Previous Roundtables with Health Canada
September 15, 2011 Dieter MacPherson

Toronto, ON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ontario-based directors of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) will be meeting with Health Canada today in Toronto. They will discuss the proposed changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) and strategies to integrate medical cannabis dispensaries into the new regulatory framework.

“Previous meetings have provided a collaborative environment, allowing for discussion and the free flow of ideas,” said CAMCD director Rade Kovacevic. “Today’s meeting is an opportunity to build on the previous discussions and to continue providing our expertise to Health Canada during this consultative process. Dispensaries are the ideal candidates to conduct the commercial production and distribution of medical cannabis in Canada under the reformed MMAP.”

In June of this year, the Hon. Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq released the consultative document Proposed Improvements to Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Program, outlining an array of changes to the MMAP. CAMCD provided a submission to Health Canada and has participated in roundtable meetings held in Montreal and Vancouver.

“Dispensaries have been providing high quality patient care that greatly surpasses that provided by Health Canada,” emphasized Rade Kovacevic. “By acknowledging dispensaries as key stakeholders with valuable expertise, Health Canada has created an opportunity to finally create a regulatory framework that can provide the quality of care and safe access that Canadians with disabilities and terminal illnesses so desperately need.”

CAMCD and Health Canada have a common goal to provide high quality patient care. “We have been pleased to see stakeholders in this process providing collaborative and solution-oriented feedback,” said Rade Kovacevic. “The reform of the MMAP has been called for by every stakeholder involved in the program. We look forward to continuing our work with the Minister and Health Canada to create a program of the highest quality for patients which addresses all stakeholder concerns.”

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote a regulated community-based approach to medical cannabis access, and to support medical cannabis dispensaries in the provision of high quality patient care across Canada.

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Media Contact:
Rade Kovacevic: 519-780-7830

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