Changes to Medical Marijuana Program Could Increase Price for Patients: Health Canada

Nurse practitioners could soon be able to prescribe medical marijuana to patients under their care, and the price patients pay for the drug could rise under proposed regulatory changes from Health Canada to its medical marijuana program.

The rise in price for a higher quality product grown under strict health, safety and security provisions, could price some patients out of the market that could also undergo enormous change under the sweeping proposal now under review. The changes signal the withdrawal of Health Canada from the business of dispensing medical marijuana and potentially save taxpayers $478 million over the next decade. […]

An analysis conducted for Health Canada suggested that the cost for medicinal marijuana would climb to about $8 per gram from the $5 per gram charged now when the new regulations take effect in 2014. That figure is lower than the estimated street value of the drug, which according to Health Canada is up to $15 per gram.

Read Health Canada’s new MMAR rules.

– Read the entire article at Montreal Gazette.