Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

June 17, 2011 13:25 ET

National Centre on Substance Abuse Supports Health Canada's Decision to Consider Changes to Medical Marijuana Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) welcomes the Minister of Health's announcement given earlier today, which outlines the proposed changes to Health Canada's Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMARs) and calls for the public to consult these changes.

CCSA supports Health Canada's decision to consider changes to its MMARs. These amendments include: streamlining access to marijuana for seriously ill persons, creating a stronger and more accountable supply chain, and committing to providing physicians with up to date scientific evidence concerning the risks and benefits of cannabis use for medical purposes.

"These proposed changes will significantly improve the current medical marijuana situation," said Michel Perron, CEO of CCSA. "While we acknowledge the use of smoked cannabis for certain serious illnesses, we equally need to ensure public health and safety and the controlled access to this still illegal drug."

CCSA urges all its partners and Canadians to contribute to this consultation process to create a program that will balance the benefits and risks associated with smoked medicinal marijuana.

"Only through a broad and diverse participation of interested parties will the program reflect the range of issues that need to be considered," added Mr. Perron.

About CCSA:

With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge translation within the field, and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

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