Pot program doesn’t work
I would like to voice my anger at Health Canada’s Medical Marijuana Access Program. I have been prescribed medical marijuana now for over five years with a sixth renewal pending.
I followed their instructions about sending in six to eight weeks prior to the expiry date. It is now more than three weeks late.
Essentially, this makes me illegal. However, since I have copies of the application, signed by my AIDS doctor, and proof they received it by signature in August, I am refusing to comply with their ridiculous suggestion to destroy my plants.
I have worked two years to find a strain that works properly for my appetite, and I will be damned if it will be destroyed by me. I have been threatened by my house insurer, since it is now illegal.
They could cancel my insurance, thereby voiding my mortgage. Am I supposed to go live in public housing after this happens?
I am also leery of being arrested since I have not had any altercations with the law since I was in my mid-’20s.
I do not drink alcohol, which caused most of my stupidity then. I would like to point out that my condition is not curable and permanent. I cannot see why our cards shouldn’t be also.
Every year, people in my position need to harass their doctor to sign, spend $20 to send it in with a signature required and wait until the last day if not usually a few days late.
This year, however, they claim to have an overflow of applications, and are backlogged. What I suggest about permanent licences for people with permanent, deadly health conditions would save them a ton of redundant paperwork.
MATTHEW JANISSE, Amherstburg