MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Medical Cannabis Access Society (MCAS), a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary based in Montréal, is cautiously optimistic about the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), and the establishment of a legally regulated commercial medical cannabis sector.
"We look forward to working in conjunction with Health Canada's licensed producers and operating in full compliance with the new regulations," said Adam Greenblatt, Executive Director of MCAS. "MCAS will continue to provide community-based services to medical cannabis patients and their caregivers under the new system."
MCAS remains concerned about the removal of personal grow licenses and the lack of provisions for non-smoking alternatives such as baked goods and extracts. "Patients for whom inhalation is contraindicated must have access to non-smoking alternatives. For patients who grow their own supply, the rescinding of personal grow licenses is coercive and punitive. These factors continue to undermine the potential of this new system."
Despite these concerns, MCAS maintains a positive outlook. "We are witnessing the convergence of a flowering social justice movement with an emergent commercial sector. As we move forward into this new chapter of medical cannabis in Canada, we must ensure that patient care comes before profits," said Greenblatt.
The MCAS applauds the team at Health Canada for its work to date on this file and remains open to working with authorities in the spirit of improving the regulations.
SOURCE: Medical Cannabis Access Society
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