On Dec. 16th Health Canada announced some major changes coming in to the medical marijuana program. Highlights of these changes are as follows: - Health Canada will no longer issues licenses - Doctor or Nurse Practitioner can issue a prescription which can be filled at a pharmacy - Marijuana Production will be done commercially/privately and will be distributed through pharmacies - No more personal production or designated grower licenses There are obviously some major issues with these changes. Some of these concerns I'll highlight here: - Costs will be tremendously higher (especially for higher dosage users) if having to purchase vs. grow your own. For example, one can produce enough for 7g/day on a few hundred a month or less, but purchasing the same medication commercially would end up being $2,000-$3,000/month (at least) - Insurance does not cover cannabis as a medication so patients will be forced to take oxycontin and the like for their pain simply since it is covered and they can't afford to purchase their cannabis (everyone loses here) - No provisions for medibles, tinctures, or concentrates that are preferred and recommended by many physicians - ... probably more but that will do for now Here's a link to a couple videos on CTV discussing the changes: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-canada-proposes-changes-to-medical-marijuana-system-1.1081641 This is going to result in a lot of court cases and unnecessary costs to the tax payers!!!!