A message from CFAMM in this challenging time
Hello Canadian Medical Cannabis Patients, Allies, and Stakeholders,
We wanted to reach out during this unprecedented time and let you know we are here for you.
As this ongoing pandemic continues to change the economic reality for all Canadians, we know that medical cannabis patients will be facing specific challenges of their own. Patients already struggle to afford their medication and as work is halted or terminated for many, it may be challenging to maintain your treatment.
We also know you might be concerned about how this pandemic impacts the medical cannabis system in Canada. Medical cannabis is currently being delivered through the legal market to your door, with no signature required during this time.
To ensure access is maintained, CFAMM submitted a letter to the federal Minister of Health, co-signed by the Arthritis Society, Canadian AIDS Society, and Wounded Warriors, urging the federal government to apply a federal designation to medical cannabis as an essential, constitutionally protected service.
We’ve also put forward a petition to the House of Commons with the support of SheCann, Erin O’Shaughnessy and NORML Canada. You can support and have your voice heard by signing the petition here!
Such a designation is important to ensure delivery of necessary medicines, including medical cannabis is maintained if any restrictions in mail service arise.
If you have any challenges with delivery at this time, we recommend contacting your medical seller. Those living in apartments have reported challenges with Canada Post, so you may want to choose a different delivery option. You also have the right to switch medical sellers at any time.
Telemedicine services are also being offered by many existing health care providers, so if you need guidance on your treatment, contact your existing source of support and ask about these services.
While we cannot predict exactly how this pandemic will unfold, CFAMM will continue working behind the scenes and reaching out to government and relevant elected officials to try and secure assistance for patients.
Follow us at @CFAMMCan for continued updates.
What’s Next For CFAMM
The Cannabis Act and the medical framework will soon be coming up for review. We have been busy speaking with stakeholders and government representatives to help us determine where to focus our efforts to best improve outcomes for patients.
As a volunteer run organization, it is essential for us to take the time to strategize so we can make sure we are maximizing our resources to enact change.
For now, we wanted you to know that behind the scenes we are working for you and championing patients every day. And we are just starting to ramp up.
We are excited to be announcing changes to our name and structure, new projects, and more opportunities for you all to get engaged in the coming months.
Be well, be kind, and support each other.
The CFAMM Team