By Matthew Burrows, May 31, 2011
A group of medicinal marijuana advocates from across the country says Health Canada’s program is inadequate, makes patients wait too long, provides no education or support resources, and offers only one strain of Indica.
Today (May 31) in Ottawa, they launched the Canadian Association of Medicinal Cannabis Dispensaries.
A CAMCD news release issued following the media conference states that the association, which has nine founding directors, has been established to ensure consistently high-quality patient care is available across the country. CAMCD is also creating a certification system for dispensaries as a solution to the Health Canada program they claim has “failed”.
In the same release, CAMCD notes that Health Canada’s medical marijuana program was recently dealt another critical setback in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in April. Seven court cases to date have found the federal program constitutionally inadequate during its decade of operation, CAMCD has claimed.
“Our innovative service delivery model has been successful for 15 years,” Rade Kovacevic, a founding director of CAMCD from the Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph, stated in the release. “Now is a crucial time to come together to create a nationwide system to ensure the highest standard of care for patients. Together the nine founding directors and advisory board members represent over 20,000 patients who access dispensaries.”
Another founding director is Jeet-Kei Leung, communications coordinator for the B.C. Compassion Club Society. The Commercial Drive-based society is listed alongside other organizations with founding directors at CAMCD: Vancouver Dispensary Society, Vancouver Island Compassion Society in Victoria, Medical Cannabis Centre of Guelph, MedCannAccess in Toronto, Cannabis As Living Medicine in Toronto, Toronto Compassion Centre, Medical Cannabis Access Society in Montreal, and Montreal Compassion Center.