Survey: Canadians cite systemic barriers to legal medical cannabisPosted by On


Two years after the federal Cannabis Act came into effect, an advocacy group is calling for changes when it’s up for review this coming year.

A Medical Cannabis Patient Survey of about 1,000 patients using cannabis medicinally, by Medical Cannabis Canada, found that systemic barriers are preventing the majority of those patients from going through the legal medical market.

The results show that just 37 per cent of patients are obtaining a medical document (similar to a prescription) and that only 24 per cent of those without one consult a healthcare practitioner about their treatment, with the majority turning to other sources instead.

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“Websites, friends and family, or even ‘bud-tenders’ or salespeople at recreational stores,” said Max Monahan-Ellison, Medical Cannabis Canada Board Member and MCPS Project lead.

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