An article in Vancouver alt-weekly Georgia Straight B.C. Government and Fed Disagree On Conservative’s New Rules For Medicinal Marijuana really caught my attention. The article shows a tug of war between that province and the fed’s.
I’ve been quietly examining provincial overlap in Health Canada’s new med pot program and apparently the Straight has too. The Straight filed a Freedom of Information request for notes from two closed door meetings between provincial and federal health officials.
Some documents were redacted to protect intergovernmental relations, because B.C. Ministry of Health informed Health Canada their new program sucks donkey dick and is worst than Canucks losing game seven of the Stanley Cup. However, journalists have to inhale plenty of God Bud and hold the documents up to the light of a full moon to read the blacked out remarks.
What it does reveal is the provincial health agency employees politely spoke up about;
- people losing their opportunity to self produce
- the outlawing of compassion clubs
- how would people on B.C. provincial disability program afford medical marihuana
- doctor’s clinics selling medical cannabis
Every MMPR bellyache I’ve read on social media these B.C. Ministry of Health employees challenged Health Canada on…and the fed’s provided no rationale. Did they receive notes from MLA Terry Lake (or his predecessor) or were the employees acting on their own?
If people had known just before BC and Nova Scotia provincial elections medical marihuana discussions took place behind closed doors, would it have become an election issue?
When Health Canada created the MMPR I noticed several areas where there was provincial overlap, especially in the area of access.
Nurse practitioners are currently granted federal authority to prescribe med pot, but every province prevents them from doing so. An example is B.C., which has a list of drugs nurse practitioners are permitted to prescribe, while Ontario has a list of drugs they are not allowed to prescribe.
I don’t know if this change would improve access, but if you believe Health Canada’s ten year access projections I have this amazing mine grown marijuana you will love too.
Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the annual nurse practitioner’s convention and the legislation preventing NP’s from signing medical marihuana appears it may get an overhaul. That would be perfect timing for the province to remove ‘marihuana’ from the legislation, but will they. ATM we don’t know.
Personally I’m shocked the fed’s met with their provincial counterparts. Given federal strong headedness I was working off the play no meetings had happened. My first provincial inquiry (about the time these meetings were happening) turned up nothing.
Now we know Health Canada held provincial meetings!
What did Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care tell Health Canada in closed door meetings their concerns were regarding the MMPR? Did they echo the same sentiments as B.C. Ministry of Health or did the Ontario agency drink the fed’s swill? What did your province’s health ministry say in these meetings?
Wynne addressed the issue of inhaling cannabis during a summer press conference, but she added an interesting footnote none of the Queens’ Park journalists caught. She remarked the province would need to be part of legalization talks. There was no follow-up question.
Was MPP Wynne or her health minister MPP Deb Mathews already privy to provincial and federal talks regarding medical marihuana? If Wynne knew, why didn’t she mention Ontario’s stance regarding the MMPR when she confessed to inhaling 35 years ago? Ontarians deserve to know where the minority Liberal party stands on the issue of medical marihuana. What’s the Ontario NDP stance? We don’t need to know what Tim Hudak’s Conservative think because they will goose step with anything out the PMO.
Matt Mernagh is a gonzo ganja bud blogger, host of The Mernahuana Zone on Pot TV and a popular marijuana legalization advocate. Purchase his debut book Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains from Amazon or Indigo.