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e-2492 (Health)

Initiated by Gerald Major from Oakville, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of critically and chronically ill Canadians, including children, older Canadians and police/military veterans are at risk of losing access to treatment;
  • Health Canada has a constitutional obligation to ensure a working medical cannabis access program is in place;
  • The only way to legally access medical cannabis is directly from licensed medical sellers through the mail; as mail service is scaled back, patients may face barriers/delays to accessing their treatment, forcing them into the unregulated market, increasing the potential of COVID-19 infection drastically and putting elderly and immunocompromised patients at severe risk;
  • There is strong clinical evidence showing the efficacy of cannabis for reducing dependence on opioids; disruption in medical cannabis supply puts patients at risk of increased opioid use, potential overdose and other related issues;
  • Switching to other medications at this time may require involvement from health care professionals when we should be taking steps to reduce the burden on the health care system; and
  • Seeing recreational cannabis stores in multiple provinces designated essential, we expect the same designation be applied federally to medical cannabis to support patients who need access the most.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to apply a federal designation of medical cannabis as an essential, constitutionally protected service so that all activities involved in preserving patient access to medical cannabis through the government-regulated stream qualify as essential services, and to maintain this important designation to ensure delivery of necessary medicines, including medical cannabis, should any restrictions in mail service arise.
Open for signature
March 26, 2020, at 11:02 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 25, 2020, at 11:02 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)
June 11, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00252)
Photo - Don Davies
Vancouver Kingsway
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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