Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Canadian Medical Marijuana Advocates Form National Association

A group of medical marijuana advocates from across Canada announced today that they are forming a nation-wide association to ensure that "consistently high-quality patient care is available across the country".

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, ran by a board of nine directors, contend that Canada's current medical marijuana program, Health Canada, has failed and is not providing patients with the care, education, support resources and medicine they need.

“Now is a crucial time to come together to create a nationwide system to ensure the highest standard of care for patients. Together the nine founding directors and advisory board members represent over 20,000 patients who access dispensaries,” said CAMCD Director Rade Kovacevic.

Among the group's top complaints about Health Canada is that the program makes patients wait too long before issuing a license for medical pot and that only one strain of Cannabis Indica is available to patients. 

Organizations that are part of the association include: B.C. Compassion Club Society, The Vancouver Dispensary Society, Vancouver Island Compassion Society in Victoria, Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph, MedCannAccess in Toronto, Cannabis As Living Medicine in Toronto, Toronto Compassion Centre, Medical Cannabis Access Society in Montreal, and Montreal Compassion Center.
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