CMCC Salutes Expansion of Insurance Coverage by Veterans Affairs Canada

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OTTAWA, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC), a group representing stakeholders committed to advancing standards of integrity, safety, quality, access, security and research within Canada's medical cannabis industry, welcomes the expansion of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) insurance coverage to include extract products.   

CMCC is proud to have been at the forefront of the drive to ensure VAC added extracts to its insurance coverage of medical cannabis for Canada's veterans.  Whole-flower medical cannabis has been covered since 2014 for veterans who are registered with a licensed producer. CMCC together with Tilray, Canada's leading licensed producer of medical cannabis, launched a parliamentary e-petition earlier this year on this very issue.  CMCC is also active and advocates for zero-rating of medical cannabis, fairer health and life insurance policies for medical cannabis patients, as well as better public and private insurance coverage of medical research and more research.

"Today is an important step forward in ensuring Canada's veterans are able to continue accessing quality, safe, medical cannabis in a variety of forms", said Philippe Lucas, Executive Director of CMCC, "we look forward to continuing to work with Veterans Affairs Canada, and veterans' groups nationwide, to ensure that coverage of medical cannabis for veterans can continue to be enhanced as necessary".

CMCC was also pleased to see that Veterans Affairs acknowledges the impact that daily cannabis dosage limitations may have on its patient community and appreciated the addition of an exemption process on these limits. 

CMCC works closely, and uniquely, with its Patient Advisory Council (PAC) which includes Wellness Soldier, and organization committed to fostering healthy living for veterans.  CMCC looks forward to continued work alongside Wellness Soldier and other veterans' groups to ensure veterans and all patients are able to access cannabis for medical purposes.

About CMCC
CMCC represents stakeholders committed to advancing standards of integrity, safety, quality, access, security and research within Canada's medical cannabis industry.  Members of CMCC have created, and abide by, the world's first professional Code of Ethics designed to serve the best interests of medical cannabis patients.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Cannabis Council

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For further information: Philippe Lucas, Executive Director, plucas@medicalcannabiscouncil.ca

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