Pubdate: Tue, 26 Aug 2014
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2014, BC Newspaper Group
Author: Glenda Barr


To the Editor:

Re: City becoming a pot hot spot, Editorial, Aug. 21.

It is easy to read optimistic projections from the new licenced 
producers and gain the impression that production of medical cannabis 
may far exceed what would be required, but the reality is that, in 
most cases, the producers are not providing anywhere near the volume projected.

As a medical cannabis patient and activist, I hear many reports from 
patients who are signed up with licenced producers who cannot meet 
their needs. Tilray is the only producer that I have heard to be 
keeping up with demand.

This new program is greatly flawed, with patients being forced to 
commit to a specific producer. Insufficient production and recalled 
product mean that many patients cannot get the medicine they require. 
If people are using cannabis to prevent seizures, for example, they 
may find themselves in a life-threatening position if their order 
cannot be filled. Someone like me, dealing with a severely arthritic 
club foot, would only have to cope with serious mobility issues and 
pain. Fortunately, I have my medicine.

As more and more people are discovering the benefits of cannabis 
medicine, we need to ensure that patients have access to the medicine 
of their choice.

Glenda Barr Lantzville
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