Veterans’ access to medical marijuana limited due to doctor concerns
According to a September 1, 2017 article on CBC.ca, Veterans are now forced to seek their medicine outside the network of clinics sanctioned by Veterans Affairs as the last Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinic in Canada stopped prescribing medical-grade marijuana to vets back in January of 2017. This course of action was justified by citing lack of research and concerns that the use of marijuana may do more harm than good – although these “concerns” also cannot be substantiated due to lack of research. OSIs were one of the of the key options vets had to gain access to their medicine. Furthermore, the daily limit for medical cannabis prescriptions from any authorizing body was also cut down from 10 grams per day to 3 grams per day in May.
With the cap on how many grams can be prescribed per day plus the OSI clinics no longer being an option to seek prescriptions from, veterans with mental illnesses are now much more limited in how much medicine they can get and where they can legally obtain it from. It seems that reimbursements made to Vets from the Veterans Affairs department were climbing too high.
While Veterans Affairs and the Canadian Forces are undertaking a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in the treatment of PTSD, they have based their decision on a “lack of evidence,” and Veterans are growing in frustration.
If a patient can deal with only having access to 3 grams per day, then groups like Marijuana for Trauma, with 15 locations across the country, are working to help veterans gain easier access again. Above this amount, the rules are still extremely strict.
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