Protect Patients and Their Medical Cannabis Providers to Keep Communities Safe

Protect Patients and Their Medical Cannabis Providers to Keep Communities Safe
September 22, 2011 Dieter MacPherson

Ottawa, ON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is concerned by Bill C-10 which was tabled Tuesday that will impose mandatory prison sentences for individuals growing as few as 6 cannabis plants.

“This legislation will gravely impact patients and those who provide their medical cannabis, while failing to create safer communities,” said Adam Greenblatt, a director of CAMCD. “We are concerned that patients and their providers will be victimized by these laws, and that patients will be denied access to a medical product that has proven health benefits for many chronic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Courts across the country have repeatedly ruled that the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) does not sufficiently protect patients and their providers. CAMCD has been engaging in Health Canada’s consultation process–announced by the Hon. Minister Leona Aglukkaq in June–with the goal of amending the regulatory framework to include medical cannabis dispensaries. However, changes to the MMAP are not expected to come into force until early 2014, creating a period where medical cannabis patients and their providers could face mandatory imprisonment.

“Under Bill C-10, judges will no longer have the discretion to make compassionate rulings considering the medical context of patients and their providers,” said Jeet-Kei Leung, a CAMCD director. “Licensing and regulating medical cannabis dispensaries will ensure safe access for patients, while reducing crime and keeping our communities safe. The introduction of Bill C-10 highlights the urgent need for safe, legal access to this medical product.”

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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Adam Greenblatt: 514 830 1331

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