Canadian Doctors Hesitant to Be Pot ‘Gatekeepers’

Doctors in Canada are so skittish about the medical use of marijuana that a third of MDs who have been asked to endorse a patient’s access to the drug never agree to it, a Canadian Medical Association survey suggests.

Another 25 per cent of doctors who responded to the survey said they would “seldom” be willing to support a patient’s access to medicinal pot; 64 per cent are worried that patients who request medical marijuana may only want it to get high.

The results come as Health Canada prepares to publish proposed new regulations to its medical marijuana access program that could make doctors the sole “gatekeepers” to the drug.

The federal agency has proposed removing itself as the ultimate arbiter in approving or rejecting applications to possess pot for medical purposes. Instead, doctors alone would approve such requests.

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.