“(Dr. Ian) Mitchell, who is participating in a randomized controlled study on the effects of cannabis on patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome, said a lot of what is known about the harms of marijuana also comes from observational data.
He also noted randomized controlled studies examining the benefits of marijuana have been suppressed for decades due to a research blockade in the U.S.”
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Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, some people are wondering,
“Is there still a point in becoming a medical cannabis patient?”.
The short answer is, ‘Yes’.
Here is a list of benefits for Canadian medical cannabis patients:
Veteran Coverage: Cannabis is covered for veterans through Blue Cross. Blue Cross covers up to 3 grams per day for all veterans. In some cases, if a veteran is using more than 3 grams per day, there is a possibility they may be able to have that amount covered. *Please inquire if this applies to you.
Tax benefits: The medical system allows ACMPR patients to deduct their health expenses from income taxes, including cannabis. Medical cannabis is not subject to the additional provincial taxes like recreational cannabis is.
Possession/travel allotments: ACMPR patients are allowed to posses up to 150 grams of cannabis with them at any given time. 5X higher than recreational 30 gram allotment.
Production allotments: While recreational cannabis users will be allowed to produce up to 4 plants (excluding Quebec and Manitoba), medicinal cannabis patients are allotted 5 plants per gram (indoor)/ 2 plants per gram (outdoor). This allows patients the potential to grow more of their own medicine legally.
Excise Tax Coverage: Some Licensed Producers (LPs) will be covering the excise taxes for their patients. Our premier LP partner, Tilray will be extending this benefit to their patients.
Affordability Programs: Many LPs offer affordability programs to: seniors, veterans, patients on federal or provincial disability and low-income patients.
Insurance benefits: Some insurance groups such as, SunLife and ManuLife, offer coverage for medicinal cannabis for specific medical conditions including: Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/Aids, Rheumatoid Arthritis and patients requiring palliative care.