Medical cannabis has been legally available to Canadian patients since 2001, and more broadly through licensed retailers since 2013, but it’s still a relatively complicated system to navigate.
Unlike other prescription drugs, medical cannabis is not prescribed at all, but rather its use is authorized by a doctor. Not necessarily your doctor either, as many GPs are still hesitant to advise on cannabis for therapeutic uses.
It’s an odd system that has led to the emergence of specialized clinics where patients rely on these healthcare providers to authorize an allowance of cannabis direct from a licensed source.
Some of these clinics are subsidiaries of licensed producers, while others are independent but may still be compensated by a percentage of…
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