Medical Marijuana User Blasts Proposed Rules

A Nova Scotia woman with multiple sclerosis is worried that proposed rules for medical marijuana mean it will be more difficult and expensive to get the drug.

Under a new federal proposal, Debbie Stultz-Giffin and other people with prescriptions for medical marijuana would no longer be allowed to grow their own drug or have someone do it for them.

Instead, they would have to buy their pot from a federally registered grower. Those companies would sell it for $8.80 cents a gram, far above the current range of $1.80 to $5.

Stultz-Giffin, who has a licence to use medical marijuana, gets her pot for free from a donor. She uses 12 grams a day, so she would have to spend more than $3,000 a month under the proposed system.

“It’s absolutely appalling to think that the federal government would put politics and profits ahead of patients. And it’s striking terror, literally, in the hearts of thousands of patients across this country,” she told CBC News.

Doctors are speaking out against the proposal too.

Dr. Anna Reid, with the Canadian Medical Association, said the federal government is abdicating its responsibility to regulate a drug.

“Really, it’s akin to asking us doctors to write prescriptions while being blindfolded,” Reid said.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.