Quebec's Cannabis Legislation Must Put Patients First

MONTREAL, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Santé Cannabis, Quebec's centre of excellence in medical cannabis, and Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) a national non-profit organization, are pleased to be participating in today's cannabis legalization Expert Forum. The Expert Forum was announced by Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois as the first step in a consultation process to develop regulations for legalized cannabis in the province of Quebec.

Representatives from both organizations will be available for media interviews at the forum. The organizations are calling for recognition of medical cannabis patients' needs including broadened access through various distribution channels, affordability measures including the elimination of sales tax, and committed funding for medical cannabis research. Daphnée Elisma, a medical cannabis patient and Québec representative of CAEMM/CFAMM, states "patients utilize cannabis out of medical necessity – access in Quebec must be reliable, affordable, and destigmatized."  

''Efforts to harmonize medical and non-medical supply of cannabis must put patients first and revenues from the sale of legal cannabis must support education and research about its medical utility and public health impacts," said Erin Prosk, Director of Santé Cannabis.  "We applaud the minister for undertaking this consultation process and for the opportunity to contribute our expertise to the Expert Forum."

About Santé Cannabis

Santé Cannabis is the leading medical cannabis clinic and resource centre.  Physicians at Santé Cannabis provide medical cannabis consultations on a referral-basis and have assessed 3000 patients since opening in November 2014.  Santé Cannabis is the leading recruitment centre for the Quebec Cannabis Registry.

About Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

Founded in 2014, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) is a federal non-profit, patient-run organization dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients. CFAMM's goal is to enable patients to obtain fair and safe access to medical cannabis with a special focus on affordability, including private and public insurance coverage. For more information, visit www.cfamm.ca.

SOURCE Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM)



For further information: Erin Prosk, Santé Cannabis, erin@santecannabis.ca; Daphnée Elisma, CAEMM/CFAMM, delisma@cfamm.ca, (514) 213-5378

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