April 2012 CAMCD Update

April 2012 CAMCD Update
April 19, 2012 Dieter MacPherson

1) National Pain Strategy Endorsement
2) BC Supreme Court Ruling Finds MMAR Unconstitutional
3) A Taste for Life Fundraiser
4) HEC Montreal Guest Lecture

1) National Pain Strategy Endorsement

Do you believe all Canadian children deserve access to the best pain care?
If you require surgery, do you want your post-operative pain treated properly?
If you suffer a painful injury requiring treatment in an emergency department, do you want to be sure that your pain will be properly assessed and treated?
Do you want your doctor or healthcare professional to be at least as well-educated in treating pain as a veterinarian is?

If you answered YES to any of these questions endorse the National Pain Strategy.

CAMCD is encouraging patients across the country to endorse the National Pain Strategy. The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) and the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC), along with their partner organizations will be hosting the 2012 Canadian Pain Summit later this month in Ottawa and will be presenting the National Pain Strategy for final consideration. This is a great opportunity for a diverse range of organizations to work together and put chronic pain treatments on the national agenda.

To endorse the strategy, click here:


The National Pain Strategy recently was covered in the Globe and Mail. To read the article, click here:


2) BC Supreme Court Ruling Finds MMAR Unconstitutional

Friday April 14 2012

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) applauds today’s BC Supreme Court decision finding Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) to be unconstitutional. “This decision is great news for patients and their providers,” said Adam Greenblatt, a CAMCD Director. “Cannabis foods and resins are the cornerstone of many patients’ medical treatment.”

The defendant, Owen Smith, the head baker for Victoria’s Cannabis Buyer’s Club of Canada, was charged with possession of THC for the purposes of trafficking and possession of cannabis. In December 2009 Mr. Smith was arrested in a downtown apartment while baking cookies infused with medical cannabis which are used as treatment for patients suffering from chronic and critical conditions who cannot or choose not to inhale or otherwise use dried cannabis.

BC Supreme Court Justice Johnston found that the “artificial restriction” on “dried” marijuana in the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations breaches Section 7 of the Charter of Rights. “The remedy for this breach is to remove the word ‘dried’ where it appears in the medical marijuana access regulations,” said Johnston.

Medical cannabis dispensaries (aka ‘compassion clubs’) currently serve over 30,000 patients across Canada. Since 1996, dispensaries have been providing patients with safe access to a wide variety of medical cannabis products including baked goods, tinctures and resins.

Last June, Health Canada announced an overhaul to the MMAP in response to concerns raised by a number of stakeholders. Health Canada has stated it intends to remove itself as a distributor and adopt a more traditional regulatory capacity in the marketplace. CAMCD has been involved in constructive consultations with Health Canada officials around these proposed reforms.

CAMCD is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote a regulated community-based approach to medical cannabis access, and to support medical cannabis dispensaries in the provision of high quality patient care across Canada.


3) A Taste for Life Fundraiser

A Taste for Life is a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS service organizations across the country, held on April 25th.

Help fight HIV/AIDS just by dining out!

Make a dinner reservation;
Have a great evening out;
The restaurant will donate 25% of your bill to support the HIV/AIDS organization in your community!

Helping a great cause has never been so easy – or tasted so good!

It’s one night only – get a group together and book early!

For more information and to find participating restaurants, please visit: http://www.atasteforlife.org/

4) HEC Montréal Guest Lecture

CAMCD Director Adam Greenblatt gave a guest lecture to an MBA class at one of Québec’s leading business schools, HEC Montréal. Mr. Greenblatt spoke at length about the mechanics of the emerging medical cannabis sector, as well as the obstacles he has faced as an activist and entrepreneur. It was a unique opportunity and a promising sign of how medical cannabis is being mainstreamed and integrated into the Canadian economy.


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