Veterans across Canada benefit from a medical insurance coverage program that is unmatched in most countries around the world. Since the inception of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has covered the costs of whole-flower medical cannabis for veterans who are registered with a licensed producer. While this is a tremendous benefit, it has not been adapted to reflect the current options available to medical cannabis patients. In June 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling that legalized the use of medical cannabis extracts. While these products have been available for months, there is currently no medical cannabis extracts coverage available to veterans through VAC.
The CMCC is of the opinion that extracts should be covered by VAC insurance in addition to whole-flower medical cannabis. To this end, the CMCC has submitted an e-petition asking VAC to cover the cost of cannabis extract products for Canada’s military and law enforcement veterans this week.
We invite all Canadians who are interested in helping give back to our veterans to sign this e-petition by December 2, 2016 on the Parliament of Canada’s website.