Canada's Medical Patients Should Come First in Event of Cannabis Shortage, Patient Advocate Says

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An advocate for medical marijuana users says patients are concerned their supply is going to be pinched by the looming demand for recreational cannabis.

It’s a worry sparked by an inconvenient truth: if Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, as planned, by next summer, there probably won’t be enough marijuana to go around.

Health Canada says it expects growers to give priority to medical patients who rely on cannabis for everything from chronic pain to insomnia.

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But an organization representing medical marijuana patients says the government needs a policy to ensure that happens or sick people might be at risk when the market opens up to a flood of social users.

“It’s important that these products continue to be available as we head into legalization,” said Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, an education and advocacy organization. He said he hears from patients who are worried.

“It’s concerning that there is no specific supply guarantee for medical cannabis patients. We are really advocating for Health Canada as well as the industry to ensure that the medical market is fully supplied, to ensure patients have reliable, consistent access.”

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Source: Cannabis Business Times

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