CANNABIS CULTURE – Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs has launched an internal investigation into rising numbers of medical marijuana prescription reimbursements.
Canada’s program to repay veterans for their pot has been growing in popularity as the medicine becomes more commonplace in Canada.
CBC reports that 1,320 veterans were reimbursed for their medical marijuana in the first nine months of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. That’s up from 628 last year, and 112 the year before that.
“The fact that the former government let this program evolve from 2007 onward without a policy, an informed policy based on the wellness of veterans and their families, frankly shocked me,” Hehr said.
The Conservatives, of course, didn’t miss the chance to attack the governing Liberals over the program the Conservatives themselves created.
“It’s very worrying,” Con defence critic Pierre Paul-Hus said. “What we’re doing is we’re taking our veterans and saying we’re going to give you a joint of marijuana, that’s going to help your problems. I don’t think it’s the solution.”
But the hundreds of veterans who use marijuana as a medicine think it is the solution.
“I need it for my PTSD. I don’t sleep. For my anxiety. For depression,” Sylvain Chartrand, director of the group Canadians Veterans Advocacy, told the CBC about his own medical marijuana use.
Chartrand, who who served in Cyprus in 1990 and Bosnia in 1993, seems to have solved the mystery the government is so confused about:
“Yes, there’s an influx, but people were using it before and just not getting paid for it,” he said.
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