OTTAWA, Dec. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Medical
Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is encouraged to see that a number of its
recommendations have been adopted by Health Canada in their proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), but there are still gaps to be filled.
"Health Canada has incorporated many of our recommendations, including
on-site dispensing, the inclusion of Nurse Practitioners, and an
expanded role for provinces in the regulation of this healthcare
service," said Rade Kovacevic, CAMCD President. "We presented a
successful community-based dispensary program whose integrity must be
maintained for the good of the over 30,000 patients being served across
Research suggests that over 50% of medical marijuana program
participants obtain their medicine through dispensaries, which for over
15 years have filled the void between a patient's right to access and
the lack of an adequate supply. "Dispensaries provide alternative
delivery methods such as marijuana muffins and extracts, as well as
important education on safe and effective use," said Kovacevic.
"CAMCD remains concerned that patients will continue facing barriers to
access," he continued. "Affordability remains unaddressed, medical
associations remain reluctant to endorse the government program, and
there are no provisions for non-smoking alternatives such as baked
goods and tinctures."
"Dispensaries have worked diligently for over a decade to transition
this marketplace into a legal framework," continued Kovacevic. "CAMCD
remains committed to supporting dispensaries as we move forward into a
new chapter of this program."
CAMCD is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote a
regulated, community-based approach to medical cannabis access, and to
support dispensaries in the provision of high quality patient care
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
For further information:
English: Rade Kovacevic, President - 519-780-7830
Français: Adam Greenblatt, Director - 514-830-1331