Thanks to Rick Simpson, I now have a profound respect and understanding of the cannabis plant. In addition to many hours devoted to researching the history of this plant, along with testing various strains using a thin layer chromatography (TLC) kit, I am appalled and somewhat frustrated with how Health Canada seems to think that they can insist patients needing medical cannabis will simply rollover and buy cannabis where they dictate. In other words, Ontario needs to take a lesson from those in BC. Stand up and fight for your rights!
Although the constitutional challenge over the right to grow our own plant medicine is presently undecided and therefore, no law presently exists, if our right to grow is taken away, patients will be denied the right to juice this medicinal plant!
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) (the board that governs Doctors in Ontario) published their new policy on Marijuana for Medical Purposes (MMPR) dated March, 2015. This is a welcome policy change since their previous position was stated as not in support of marijuana and advised Ontario doctors to “proceed with caution”.
What is interesting with their policy change is with respect to their definition of the medical document that a patient requires to access medical marijuana from an on-line approved Licensed Producer.
According to their website, it is their opinion that the “medical document authorizing patient access to dried marijuana to be equivalent to a prescription.”
This is an extremely important definition!
Their new Policy further states:
“Prescriptions, together with activities related to prescriptions, are insured services. Accordingly, physicians must not charge patients or licensed producers of dried marijuana for completing the medical document, or for any activities associated with completing the medical document, including, but not limited to: assessing the patient; reviewing his/her chart; educating or informing the patient about the risks or benefits of dried marijuana; or confirming the validity of a prescription in accordance with the MMPR.”
Since the College issued their Policy on MMPR, Sun Life Canada was the first insurer to cover cannabis for a student attending the University of Waterloo.
Apri. 1, 2014,Canada – a large number of authorized Canadians who have been authorized to grow and medicate with cannabis, are told they will have to destroy their medicine.
Section 21 para. a and b – MMPR
Marijuana for Medical Purpose Regulations (the following link will open in a new window:
Just who are the new rules catering to?
Click on the above link to see who is eligible to apply for an LP (Licensed Producer) license. The link will open in an new window and bring you to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act new MMPR regulations. Find Section 21 and click to open.