Medical Marijuana: Health Canada Too Slow

My husband Ross has dementia, probably the Alzheimers kind.

We have been dealing with it for 13 years. It is an insidious disease that affects every part of our daily life.

Ross gets relief for his mental anguish from medical marijuana. I make sure he has a supply.

It was so nice when we had a local dispensary. We had attended others in Vancouver, but I was never comfortable dealing with them. They provided us well, but it was a long drive, long waiting lines, and in run-down areas.

The Langley medical marijuana dispensary was clean, neat, by appointment only, so there were never lineups. There were lots of different strains, and had eatables for those who did not want to smoke their medicines.

The staff was knowledgeable, helpful, and respectful with all of us. They provided an excellent service for the sick and injured in the community.

Prior to their opening, the only other options for many were the back alleys or parks, to deal with the criminal element. I like to think that, while they were opened, the criminal element had to go elsewhere to do their illicit deals, because of lack of regular customers.

They have reopened, but without the protection of a business license from the City and the recognition that they have a real purpose in the community, they could be raided anytime. Not a comfortable feeling for the staff or the members.

Randy Caine is a local business man and well-known in the area. He knows how to run a company efficiently, honestly, openly and keep costs down. You will not find a cheaper, better-quality product than he can provide.

His ‘pilot project’ is a humane way of helping the sick and injured. Health Canada cannot offer the same variety of strains and the knowledge that patients need.

When Health Canada finally restructures the medical marijuana regulations, I hope they will finally admit the dispensaries are a legitimate way to go. Right now the process that they use is time-consuming, frustrating, and limited in variety and accessibility, with no individual, knowledgeable information. The give absolutely no advice on dosages, and only offer one form and strain, and the permit must be renewed once a year, even in terminal cases such as Ross’s, which takes up valuable time of over-worked doctors.

Unfortunately, Health Canada will not be making any changes until at least 2014, which means unnecessary suffering for the sick and injured citizens of Langley City, B.C., and the rest of Canada.

Lorraine Hubbs, Langley
(letter to the editor)

– Article originally from Langley Advance.