Legalization sidelines medical cannabis users
The result of legalization for patients is devastating. There have been shortages across Canada since Day 1 (October 17, 2018) and now some medical users have no legal option to acquire their medicine. At this point I am sure many people have had to return to the Black Market in an effort to source their medicine. James O’Hara, President and CEO of the advocacy group Canadian for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana has likened it to a health crisis. People with serious health problems like seizures need this medicine to treat their symptoms. He also cited the absence of any regulations to guarantee a supply for patients.
As if that was not bad enough, our beloved postal workers could not have picked a worse time to start rotating strikes, further undermining medical users with failed delivery in a timely manner, and a breach of records by a hacker leaving users orders exposed. While this is going on the Ontario Cannabis Stores are experiencing an abysmal failure at fulfilling the orders, with many users complaining their order was mysteriously canceled.
Many medicinal users suspect that licensed producers have been seduced by the much larger recreational market and have prioritized shipments to that sector. Demand for medicinal cannabis “skyrocketed” prior to the Oct. 17, possibly because of concerns from users that recreational users would deplete inventory, and those orders depleted medical inventory.
Being allowed to grow is no longer a saving grace for this problem. According to health Canada people who decide to grow can only do so legally if they purchased starting materials from a Licensed Producer. Although growing 4 plants is legal for ALL Canadians there are no seeds or clones available until the spring of 2019, so they say. It is a well known fact that some LP’s lobbied against allowing home growing, and LOST. This must be their new tactic to curb any incursion into their monopoly of cannabis. The rich keep getting richer.