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Post by red510 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 13:13

Announcement on CBC about new policy:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/politics/veterans-hehr-pot-policy-1.3861534

My initial thoughts are that this is a good step forward. Although limited to 3g per day with a prescription from a doctor they will allow higher amounts with justification of a specialist. I feel this might minimize some of the apparent abuses of the system and put a more oversight on prescription amounts by requiring a specialist to justify above 3g. As a big added bonus, oils are now approved for those that can't smoke. As well, it seems that there will be an assigned fair market price that will hopefully even out some of the costs (i.e. some companies are charging VAC cases larger prices). So if someone needs more than 3 g per day then they have to go thru a specialist for further justification. Just my $0.02 worth.


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Post by teentitan on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 13:41

One of the major problems I see if there is a vet wanting more then 3 g/day is which specialist is required?

And if there is a specialist how many specialists are willing to put their medical licence in jeopardy and under scrutiny by VAC thru the Canadian Medical Association?

The only positive I see resulting from this move by VAC is it will put pressure on the CMA and Health Canada to put a DIN (Drug Identification Number) on medical marijuana. Could take maybe a decade but if it's a start down the path then doctors/specialists might be less worried, skeptical, to prescribe MM.
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Post by Trooper on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 15:47

Does our Minister have the interest of well being of Veterans in the reduction to 3 grams?

Or, does our Minister have his interest set on the cost?

I think the processors have dug themselves into a hole here with the high cost they charge, they will now pay the price.

I don't use the stuff myself, but from what I have read from those who use it for their medical conditions, it works well for some, and the side affects do not come close to other forms of prescription drugs they use to take for the same condition or conditions they are now using Medical Cannabis for.  

Perhaps lowering it to 5 grams daily would have been a better approach.

I know from what I read on other sites today, there's plenty of anger being voiced over this announcement, and I'm reading where several Veterans are contacting the media to voice their concerns.

One point I'd like to raise in this latest announcement from our Minister is the fact that he can surely move quick on changing this policy, but not so quick to give our Men and Women their lump sum retro's.
Also, what in the hell is going on with the lifelong pension?
They are all an evil bunch, they, the bureaucrats and our Minister are looking after themselves, our Minister says he does not have a magic wand, no, he does have a magic wand, but he only uses it for things such as lowering the amount of daily allowable Medical Cannabis.

He is a real winner that guy.
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Post by 6608 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 15:59

Here is a better way to look at it...................good start from LP

Canopy Growth Corporation Welcomes Government's Commitment to Maintaining Veterans' Insurance Coverage

SMITHS FALLS, ON , Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC.TO) ("Canopy Growth" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following update on the Government's new policy surrounding veterans insurance coverage, and to provide an overview of the practices of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc. (Tweed) and Bedrocan Canada Inc. (Bedrocan Canada) as they relate to veterans.

Canopy Growth's Current Veterans Program

In light of the findings of the Auditor General's Spring 2016 Report outlining cost increases for medical marijuana veterans coverage by Veterans Affairs Canada, the recent VICE News reports alleging unethical or illegal price inflation by two other Licensed Producers as it relates to prices for insurance-covered veterans, recent concerns expressed by CFAMM, and today's resulting policy changes made by the Canadian government, Canopy Growth would like to make it definitively clear that it does not and has never engaged in any practice to inflate pricing for veterans.

We do not operate separate websites for veterans. We do not oblige veterans to purchase higher-priced cannabis products, while hiding access to lower priced cannabis products. We do not charge a different price to veterans, and we do not hide pricing from veterans. Every veteran who registers with Tweed or Bedrocan Canada receives access to the exact same products at the exact same pricing as every other customer.

Though we serve hundreds of Canadian veterans, veterans represent only 2% of Canopy Growth's combined client base of tens of thousands of Canadians. The Company does not foresee these policy changes having a material impact on sales or customer growth. Tweed and Bedrocan Canada attract and retain our veteran clientele the same way we attract all our other customers: with quality customer service, and a wide and diverse product selection.  We are proud to serve our veterans and would never jeopardize the trust our veterans place in us, or attempt to artificially increase pricing at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer.

To ensure that Canopy can effectively voice its opinion on this and other pressing issues facing our sector, our Company has elected to withdraw its memberships from Cannabis Canada Association.

New Government Policy on Veterans Coverage

As reported this morning, Veterans Affairs has amended insurance coverage for veterans, introducing a price limit of $8.50 per gram, while extending coverage to cannabis oils. While the Government has introduced a limit on the number of grams it will insure by default, it has also committed to a process for additional coverage. Our Company will continue to advocate for fair coverage and trust that additional coverage will be provided for those veterans with a demonstrated need.

"Cannabis appears to provide significant therapeutic benefit to thousands of Canadian veterans while potentially reducing the use of costly and, in some cases, harmful pharmaceuticals," said Bruce Linton , CEO of Canopy Growth.  "With cost overruns and allegations of unethical price inflation, it was possible that the Government could have ended all insurance coverage, so we are pleased that Veterans Affairs will continue to offer our veterans access to this emerging therapeutic option, and that coverage has been extended to oils as well."

Tweed and Bedrocan Canada are pleased to immediately commit that up to the specified daily amount approved, our companies will ensure full coverage for all of our products regardless of the price, so that veterans continue to have access to a full range of products to meet their needs, including cannabis oils.  Any cost differential between our store price and the coverage by Veterans Affairs will be covered by Tweed and Bedrocan Canada, respectively, so that we subsidize our veterans and not the other way around.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/canopy-growth-corporation-welcomes-governments-185700380.html





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Post by 1993firebird on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:09

$8.50 per gram will allow you to purchase no Marijuana strains from Ahpria unless they are on sale or lower there price because all strains available to Veterans are $12.50 per gram.

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Post by Trooper on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:10

Looks like Tweed and Bedrocan will become the sole provider for Veterans.
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Post by teentitan on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:29

Does anyone know the insurance coverage or provincial drug programs pricing on MM?

I'm curious to see if this $8.50/gram is on par or lower then the national average.

It's not like VAC hasn't undercut vets compared to the national average....
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Medical marijuana cutbacks for vets won’t hurt Licensed Producers

Post by Trooper on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:31

Medical marijuana cutbacks for vets won’t hurt Licensed Producers

NOVEMBER 22, 2016 BY NICK WADDELL


The Minister of Veterans Affairs, Kent Hehr (right), with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.

Legislation that will see the federal government cut back the amount of medical marijuana it will cover for veterans won’t have a big affect on the businesses of Licensed Producers, says M Partners analyst Mason Brown.
This morning, at the Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Vancouver, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr said the government would dramatically scale back the quantity of medical marijuana that veterans will be reimbursed for.
“I was shocked to learn that the former government began reimbursing veterans for cannabis with no policy in place,” said Hehr. “Now is the time to change that. Since the first veteran was reimbursed on compassionate grounds in 2007, the department has been reimbursing veterans for cannabis in increasing numbers and at an increasing cost. We went from one veteran to over 3,000 in eight years, many of whom are accessing up to 10 grams per day.”
The changes come after an internal audit revealed that Veterans Affairs paid more than $20-million for cannabis in 2015, up from just $5-million in 2014. 2016 costs are expected to be $25-million.

Under the new rules, veterans will be reimbursed for three grams a day, not ten. Brown says that while this is lower than the five gram-per-day limit he was expecting, and the price limit of $8.50 a gram is also lower than the $9.00 he expected, he sees no material impact to Licensed Producers. The analyst says that while this news is a negative, even the LPs with the most exposure to the veterans market don’t derive a very high percentage of their overall sales from it.
“We note Aphria Inc. and OrganiGram Holdings Inc. are the main public LPs with sizeable veteran exposure,” notes Brown. “Aphria’s exposure comes through its acquisition of Cannway Pharmaceuticals, which provided APH with an established veteran patient-base, and APH notes Canadian Forces veterans (as well as PTSD and depression sufferers) consume as much as 5gpd-10gpd (APH Investor Deck). OrganiGram’s veteran exposure stems from its acquisition strategy, which targeted the lucrative veteran market, and OGI’s patient base in the last quarter averaged slightly over 2gpd, double peers’ patient consumption rates. While the limits were stricter than expected, we don’t see the changes having a material impact on LPs in the long term, unless their long term strategy was medical-only and targeting veterans. First, we note that veterans make up a very small segment of the medical market. In 2015 there were only 1,320 veterans that were part of the program (here) and the ACMPR ended the year with 39,668 patients. Second, we’ve forecast declining medical flower and oil selling prices for both APH and OGI over the long term and into our valuation period of CY2020 to reflect increasing competition and lower production costs.
Brown currently has a “Buy” rating and a one-year price target of $6.10 on Aphria and a “Buy” rating and a one-year target of $3.70 on OrganiGram Holdings.

http://www.cantechletter.com/2016/11/medical-marijuana-cutbacks-vets-wont-hurt-licensed-producers-m-partners/
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Re: Ottawa bringing in stricter limits on medical marijuana for veterans

Post by Slaket on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 16:54

The Minister can agree to cut my prescription to 1/3 of what it is because he feels I don't need it and it cost to much..Who pays for his wheelchair, because I do not believe he requires a fully functioning electric one as he still seems to have some upper limb mobility..
I will now have to increase my chemical/big pharma scripts to close to what they were two years ago, some of which cost very close to my MM.

I have almost had it with the disrespect this and previous governments have for veterans..I would not require the meds if it were not a direct result of my employment in the CF..

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Post by 6608 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 18:58

Teen, VAC is mainly the only organization that covers MM because like you said MM has no DIN so provincial and private insurance do not normally cover MM. I know of only two cases where the courts have instructed insurers to do so for individuals, also the Ontario WSIB and the Quebec CSST have covered MM in the past.



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Post by 6608 on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 21:20

Here is the backgrounder.................

Cannabis for Medical Purposes: New Reimbursement Policy

In March 2016, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr, announced a review of VAC’s role in reimbursing Veterans for cannabis for medical purposes. The Spring 2016 Office of the Auditor General report on drug benefits made recommendations to Veterans Affairs Canada to better manage its drug benefits program in a way that considers the health and well-being of Veterans and cost containment.

The Department initiated an internal review in consultation with medical professionals, subject matter experts, licenced providers and Veteran beneficiaries with the following objectives:

reviewing the Veteran population's reimbursement data;
assessing VAC’s internal governance and compliance;
identifying concerns with Veteran health and well-being; and,
reviewing other benefits, services and programs that the Department is providing to Veterans authorized for cannabis for medical purposes.
The review’s recommendations include lowering the 10 gram per day limit for reimbursement and including fresh marijuana and cannabis oil.

Veterans Affairs Canada’s new reimbursement policy for Cannabis for Medical Purposes establishes a maximum three gram per day limit for cannabis. In response to feedback from Veterans and the internal review, the Department will now also reimburse Veterans for cannabis oil and fresh marijuana to the equivalent of three grams of dried marijuana per day. Veterans being reimbursed for more than three grams per day of dried marijuana may continue to be reimbursed at that level until May 21, 2017.

The decision to reimburse three grams per day was based on information from consultations and research. The Department brought together a panel of Canadian medical experts who recommended a very cautious approach to the use of cannabis for medical purposes with most indicating one to two grams per day as a reasonable amount for the vast majority of cases. VAC also reviewed current scientific evidence and consulted with Veterans, stakeholders and licensed producers. This decision is also consistent with Health Canada who indicates that the average Canadian is authorized 2.6 grams per day. Two other countries that had available research on marijuana for medical purposes included Israel and the Netherlands. Israel’s average use of cannabis is 1.5 grams per day and it is 0.68 grams per day in the Netherlands.

There will also be an exceptional circumstances process for Veterans whose health practitioner authorizes more than three grams per day of dried marijuana or its equivalent. The process will require additional documentation from medical specialists related to a Veteran’s specific needs. The opinion of the medical specialist must include the rationale for the use of more than three grams, confirmation that there are no contraindications, and an indication that alternative treatments were ineffective or contraindicated. Each claim will be reviewed on a case by case basis. This process is consistent with how the Department administers its other health care benefits.

Additionally, consistent with how the Department administers its other health care benefits, VAC is establishing a fixed rate of $8.50 per gram whether taken in dried or fresh marijuana or the equivalent in cannabis oil form. The fixed rate will ensure that what Veterans are charged, and the Department reimburses, is a fair market value price.

VAC completed a review of the advertised prices for cannabis for medical purposes to establish a rate that is based on fair market value and consistent with what other Canadians are paying. As part of its due diligence, the Department conducted a market analysis, consulted with licensed producers and reviewed the average, overall rates reimbursed.

Recognizing that there is limited evidence and research on cannabis for medical purposes, the Department will continue to monitor new developments in research and adjust policy. The Department will also establish an expert advisory committee of health and research professionals to monitor the effectiveness of the reimbursement policy and processes based on research and consultation. In addition, together with the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department will develop a research plan and conduct a study that will strengthen evidence on the effects of marijuana on the health of Veterans.

Timeline

2007 - Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) made the decision to reimburse one Veteran for cannabis for medical purposes on compassionate grounds.
Since that time, VAC has been reimbursing the cost of cannabis for medical purposes for Veterans in increasing numbers and at an increased cost.
2008 to 2014 - the Department provided reimbursement for the cost of cannabis for medical purposes to Veterans based on Section 4 of the Veterans Health Care Regulations (VHCRs) and in accordance with Health Canada’s Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMARs).
The MMARs provided limited access to marijuana for a number of conditions and circumstances as defined by Health Canada when authorized by a specialist only.
April 2014 - Health Canada introduced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPRs) which removed limitations related to the authorization for specific conditions and the requirement for authorization by a specialist, amongst other changes; however, still required a medical authorization.
With the advent of these new regulations Veterans Affairs Canada subsequently experienced a significant increase in cannabis for medical purposes reimbursements.


Examples
A Veteran is currently reimbursed for 10 grams per day of dried marijuana. The Veteran will be reimbursed for 10 grams a day until 21 May 2017. After this date, the Veteran will be reimbursed for three grams per day. In order to be reimbursed for more, a specialist (e.g. a psychiatrist, pain specialist, oncologist) would have to submit, to Veterans Affairs Canada, a rationale for why more than three grams per day are necessary to treat the Veteran's condition.

A Veteran is currently reimbursed for three grams of dried marijuana per day. On November 22, 2016, the Veteran can switch to the equivalent of three grams of dried marijuana in the form of cannabis oil.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1158619


Of note: The reference above "The MMARs provided limited access to marijuana for a number of conditions and circumstances as defined by Health Canada when authorized by a specialist only." This is incorrect for the MMAR if you had one of the conditions listed you only needed a general practitioner to sign off on application.


 


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Post by teentitan on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 21:33

I see a lot of appeals in June/July/August/September
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Post by 6608 on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 00:02

Here is the new VAC policy...................

REIMBURSEMENT POLICY FOR CANNABIS FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES
Issuing Authority: Director General, Policy and Research
Effective Date: November 22, 2016

Purpose
This policy provides direction on the reimbursement of cannabis for medical purposes.
General
Access to the use of cannabis for medical purposes has been mandated by Canada’s courts. Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations specify the conditions for authorization and legal possession. Cannabis is not an approved therapeutic product in Canada.
There have been limited trials which seem to support the use of cannabis in limited circumstances as an option after standard interventions are contraindicated or have been tried and have been unsuccessful and/or have yielded unacceptable adverse effects. Veterans Affairs Canada has heard from Veterans and their advocates that they believe cannabis helps them with their health problems. This information must be balanced with scientific evidence, sound clinical practice, and with the primary concern of the Department - the health and general well-being of Veterans and their families.
Recognizing that the use of cannabis for medical purposes continues to be an emerging practice, Veterans Affairs Canada will continue to monitor developments in research, and medical practice and experience, and adjust the policy provisions as may be required.
Authority
Subject to the provisions of this policy, reimbursement may be authorized for eligible Veterans and other qualified individuals in accordance with section 4 of the Veterans Health Care Regulations.
Eligibility
Veterans entitled to a Veterans Affairs Canada Disability Pension and/or Disability Award are eligible for the cost of treatment in respect of their pensioned/awarded condition (see Treatment in Respect of a Pensioned or Awarded Condition Policy). Certain Veterans may also be eligible for the cost of treatment for non-pensioned/awarded conditions to the extent the treatment is not available from the province/territory in which they reside (see Eligibility for Health Care Programs – Eligible Client Groups).
Policy
Veterans Affairs Canada may reimburse an eligible Veteran for the costs of cannabis for medical purposes, when the health care practitioner’s (defined in Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations as a medical practitioner or a nurse practitioner) authorization is in accordance with Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The authorization document completed by the health care practitioner indicates the amount of grams per day of dried marihuana.

Veterans Affairs Canada, requires the following documents to confirm the Veteran meets the requirements of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations for the purposes of determining entitlement for reimbursement:
copy of the authorization document completed by the health care practitioner; and,
copy of the completed and confirmed registration document with a licensed producer.

Veterans Affairs Canada will only accept authorization from one health care practitioner at a time. More than one authorization may be considered, but the authorizations must be from the same health care practitioner.

Eligible forms of cannabis include all forms that are authorized by section 3(1) of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations for sale by licensed producers (with the exception of seeds and plants). Currently, licensed producers may produce and sell dried and fresh marihuana, and cannabis oil.

The maximum daily Veterans Affairs Canada reimbursement limit is 3 grams per day of dried marihuana (or the equivalent in other eligible forms).

Requests for reimbursement for more than 3 grams of dried marihuana (or the equivalent in other eligible forms), will require additional information for consideration as set out in Annex A. This applies to those being reimbursed for more than 3 grams per day on the coming into force of this policy, and all new requests.

Veterans being reimbursed for cannabis for medical purposes on the release date of this policy may continue to be reimbursed at their current level for six months.

Veterans Affairs Canada will reimburse the Veteran based on a fixed rate per gram of marihuana, when authorized in its dried or fresh form or the same fixed rate per gram equivalent in cannabis oil. In other words, Veterans Affairs Canada will reimburse the Veteran at a fixed rate per gram whether taken in fresh or dried marihuana, or the equivalent in cannabis oil.

Veterans Affairs Canada does not reimburse the cost of cannabis for medical purposes when the Veteran purchases cannabis outside Canada. The legislative regime established by Health Canada for access to cannabis for medical purposes includes regulatory requirements for the safe production and distribution of cannabis, and for legal possession. Recognizing the complexity and variety of approaches internationally, the Department is not able to adequately ensure the same level of regulatory oversight for the safe production, authorization, distribution, and legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. The health and well-being of Canada’s Veterans is paramount, and the varied approaches to cannabis for medical purposes is of concern

Veterans Affairs Canada only reimburses the cost of cannabis for medical purposes when the product is purchased from a licensed producer (with the exception of seeds and plants). Canada has established a regulated system of licensed producers that ensures producers are meeting standards for quality and safety. This standardization is an essential consideration when determining whether to reimburse Veterans for cannabis for medical purposes. The health and well-being of Veterans is best ensured through accessing cannabis produced by the licensed producers authorized in accordance with Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

No fee is paid to the physician for the completion of the authorization document since VAC considers it to be covered in insured service fees. However, if the Department requires the health practitioner to complete additional documentation, an administrative fee may be paid.

Veterans Affairs Canada may deny approval of reimbursement when licensed producers are determined to be operating outside of the requirements of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, the requirements of this policy, and/or any approved provider criteria established by the Department and agreed to by the licensed producer.

Reimbursement for the cost of the purchase of a vaporizer may be authorized for eligible Veterans up to the established dollar limit. The purchase must be pre-authorized, and prescribed by a health practitioner. Veterans Affairs Canada may consider other “equipment” when the device is medically beneficial, subject to the provisions of the Medical Supplies policy.


Annex A
Exceptional Approval of More than 3 Grams

End of Life Treatment

Reimbursement may be authorized for more than 3 grams of dried marihuana or equivalent when confirmation is received from the treating physician that the Veteran is palliative. In end of life situations, documentation is not required from a medical specialist.
Palliative care is defined in the Palliative Care policy. The policy also includes additional considerations for Veterans requiring end of life care.
Other Exceptional Requests

In all cases, other than palliative circumstances as noted above, requests for reimbursement of more than 3 grams of dried marihuana or equivalent must be accompanied by additional documentation from at least one, and in some cases more than one, medical specialist. The required documentation from the medical specialist(s) must indicate:
the rationale for the use of more than 3 grams per day;
there are no contraindications to the use of marihuana; and
alternative treatments were found to be ineffective or contraindicated.

When authorization of cannabis for medical purposes is for chronic pain, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist in the area of the treatment of chronic pain.

When authorization of cannabis for medical purposes is for psychiatric condition(s), additional documentation will be required from a psychiatrist.

When both chronic pain and a psychiatric diagnosis are present, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist in chronic pain as well as from a psychiatrist. Both medical specialists must be in agreement for approval of reimbursement.

For any other health conditions, additional documentation will be required from a medical specialist with expertise in the diagnosed condition, including but not limited to chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, wasting syndrome, or loss of appetite in AIDS and cancer patients.


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Post by BinRat on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 02:06

I can see it now....

We see that we are paying for 8 Oxycodone for you a day, Medical researchers have found this to much per person
as it cause constipation among Patients.

We therefore At Veterans Affairs will Now only re-reimburse you for 4 Oxycodone per day.

If your Chronic pain continues we will needs 20 pages of more stupid questions we are going to ask you Doctor
Over and over again, Hoping he drops you as a patients, and therefore can not get these forms back to us so we
VAC can Stop paying for any of your medication.

Vac Say, now, Please have a nice day.

Policy
From stupid Civilians who DO NOT have the problems Veterans have

JMO Heck anything to save money right.

they like to say Oh Oh we are spending X on medical Cannabis. But were is it that VAC says, by the way, we saved
X million on not paying for Oxycodone, Percocet ect ect, and all those other drugs veterans aren't on no more.
What they afraid to post what Less they have paid for those medications..


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Veterans Group Marijuana for Trauma Responds to Cutbacks in the Updated Policy on Medical Marijuana Coverage for Veterans

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November 22, 2016 20:55 ET

Veterans Group Marijuana for Trauma Responds to Cutbacks in the Updated Policy on Medical Marijuana Coverage for Veterans

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 22, 2016) - Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (formerly Abba Medix Group Inc.) ("Canada House") or the ("Company") (CSE:CHV)(CSE:CHV.CN)(CNSX:CHV), the parent company of Marijuana for Trauma ("MFT") is providing this update in response to the Government's recently announced policy changes regarding medical marijuana coverage for veterans.
In response to Veterans Affairs Canada's planned cutback of medical marijuana reimbursements to veterans, MFT has pledged to implement clinical programs and processes to help veterans to continue to receive their medically appropriate prescribed amount of medicine.
These changes, which suggest three grams per day to be the maximum reimbursable dose, contradict what thousands of veterans relying on cannabinoid therapy have found to be effective. In our view, appropriately prescribed dosage amounts, based on individual needs, drastically reduces or eliminates their dependence on many other more harmful prescription medications.
The proposed cutback, from ten to three grams daily, is to take effect May 21, 2017 and is "very disheartening to those who have served their country with the Canadian Armed Forces," says MFT spokesperson and co-founder Mike Southwell, a veteran of 17 years as a military engineer. "A veteran patient consumes an average of six grams of medical marijuana daily and many lives have been restored with this therapy. As an added result, many families are healing and rebuilding their relationships. To compound matters, there is practically no veteran who can afford the gap in coverage that these changes and the associated costs expose them to" said Southwell.
Southwell notes that most veterans have reduced both their dependence on opiate-based medicines and clinical visits to health care professionals for PTSD and pain management, as a direct result of cannabinoid therapy. "This could represent a significant cost savings over prescription medications and with minimal side effects." adds Southwell. "Veterans have become functioning and productive citizens once again, after being injured in the course of their military service. They are vitally interested in continuing their recovery from trauma. The government must reconsider."
Without their appropriate allocation of medical marijuana, veterans are at risk of descending back into harmful and abusive forms of self-medication, predicts Andrew Brown, President of MFT Ontario and a 13-year veteran of the Canadian Forces. "Suicides could increase." he warns. "Veteran Affairs Canada's arbitrary decision appears to be more of a "knee jerk reaction", while at the same time, seemingly ignoring data surrounding the decrease in pharmaceutical complications and related medical expenses. We spare no costs whatsoever in rescuing even one soldier from the battlefield when they are missing, wounded or trapped. When we come home injured, after having served our country, does the value of our lives decrease?"
The bedrock of MFT goes back to the founder's vision of supporting all the needs of veterans in Canada.
MFT hereby commits to all veteran patients that we will do anything in our power to safeguard you from any adverse effect of this decision as we continue our mission to reach every veteran in need of this life-saving medicine.

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