Sky-high prices sending medical marijuana users to black market

Sky-high prices sending medical marijuana users to black market

Medical marijuana users and their advocates say steep price increases since legalization, coupled with obstacles to access, are forcing many patients to turn to the illegal market. According to a survey commissioned by the Arthritis Society, there are as many medical cannabis users getting their prescriptions from illegal sources as legal ones, while two-thirds say they’re rationing their supply of the drug due to worries about both access and cost. It’s harder to get medical cannabis, which was legal first, than it is to get recreational marijuana.- Janet Yale, Arthritis Society CBC has spoken to several patients who said they prefer procuring their cannabis through legal means, but have turn to illegal suppliers to subsidize their prescriptions and cut costs. “We just believe that’s not acceptable,” said Janet Yale, President and CEO of the Arthritis Society. “That really undermines the ability of patients to have secure access to a quality product that is consistent in form and dosage, and that allows them to really get the benefits from having medical cannabis.” Soaring prices Currently, medical marijuana users must order their pot online, but the Arthritis Society is working with the Canadian Pharmacists Association to lobby the federal government to allow pharmacies to fill…

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