A new survey has demonstrated barriers in the legal medical cannabis system that are forcing patients to self-medicate without the support of a healthcare professional.
Medical Cannabis Canada (MCC) has published the results of its first Medical Cannabis Patient Survey (MCPS), which found that systemic barriers in the legal medical cannabis system are pushing patients to unregulated and recreational markets without the support of a healthcare professional.
The results show that policy change is needed to reduce costs and expand access points to the medical market in order to improve care.
Medical cannabis in Canada
In Canada, cannabis can be legally accessed recreationally or medically. The medical system requires a ‘medical document’ (similar to a prescription) from a healthcare practitioner. The MCPS found that only one in three (37%) of Canadians using cannabis for medical purposes have a medical document. Patients without a medical document, report substantially less…