Feds are out to get ‘us’

mepipeThey’re out to get us, ‘us’ being anyone who uses medicinal cannabis.

That’s a lot an awful lot of Canadians and others — who depend on the Wicked Weed for relief from a mind-boggling range of conditions from MS to PMS  and their numbers are increasing steadily.

The latest move over in Harper Land?

According to the Times Colonist:

The federal Health Department wants medical marijuana suppliers to provide provincial authorities with information on the doctors who prescribe the substance.

And they want them to issue semi-annual reports on the physicians who prescribe marijuana for their patients.

The reports would include the doctor’s name and address, how much of the substance was prescribed and for how long.

The proposed regulations were published Friday by the federal government.

The provinces and territories “have identified the need to provide better education and guidance for and monitoring of their members who provide medical documents to their patients to support their access to marijuana for medical purposes,” the notice states.

It says that better monitoring of health-care practitioners who provide their patients with the substance “would help support the integrity” of the new medical marijuana system.

“We have consulted with health care licensing bodies who expressed a need for the data on how doctors and nurses are authorizing marijuana to their patients and in which quantities,” Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement.

“The proposed regulatory amendments will further strengthen public health and safety by ensuring appropriate oversight and monitoring.”

April 1, Health Canada radically changed the rules for medical marijuana, opening “from a cottage industry of thousands of loosely regulated growers”.

To put things into perspective, here’s a clip from NORML:

Of all the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use.

Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief — particularly of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) — nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia.

Emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective.

Currently, more than 60 U.S. and international health organizations support granting patients immediate legal access to medicinal marijuana under a physician’s supervision.

Ironically, one of the reported side effects of recreational marijuana , is paranoia 😉

(Cheers, Christine)

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