If you have been following the news lately you may have noticed that medical marijuana has been receiving some headlines. Recently the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that medical marijuana patients are allowed to consume marijuana in different forms beyond the “dried” form as stipulated by Health Canada.
The Supreme Court found that by restricting medical marijuana to only its dried form violates the right to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.”
Last week, because of this unanimous ruling, Health Canada announced that they would be “clarifying its rules” to allow licensed medical marijuana producers to sell cannabis oil, fresh buds and leaves. This change came into effect immediately.
What does this mean to a patient?
This ruling will have a big impact on patients who use cannabis to treat medical conditions such as advanced breast cancer. This will allow patients greater access to a different form of therapy that is suited to them.
If you are a patient who is interested in obtaining medical marijuana there are a few things you need to know.
According to Health Canada’s program there are a few steps for you to follow:
Step 1: Consult with a Healthcare Practitioner
Step 2: Obtain a Medical Document from your Healthcare Practitioner
Step 3: Register and order with a Licensed Producer
Step 4: Receive shipment of your marijuana for medical purposes
There are a total of 25 Licensed Producers (LP) across Canada. These LPs are approved under Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) program. Each LP sets their own pricing. According to the Medical Marijuana website, patients can expect to pay $7-$12 per gram. Several licensed commercial producers do have compassionate pricing models for patients receiving disability or assistance payments.
If your healthcare provider supports the use of medical marijuana he/she must complete a medical document on your behalf. You must then contact a LP to receive a registration form. The medical form and registration form must be submitted directly to the LP.
Remember: one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to treating breast cancer. We believe that every patient should have access to the best available treatments to ease the effects of this terrible disease. If you require further information please chat with your healthcare provider. You can also view the FAQ section of Health Canada’s website.