Let me begin by saying that this protest is of the utmost importance. Although the changes Health Canada is proposed to the Medical Marihuana Purpose Regulations may seem relatively harmless to some, they will have a dramatic effect on how Canadian medical cannabis patients access their medicine. To read a basic description of the changes, go here.
Protest against the changes will be held on the 21st of February and are organized by hempology.ca. The organizer can be contacted at: Hempo101@gmail.com.
All protests will be held at local MP offices. To contact your local MP, you can go here.
Protesters are encourage to tell their friends and to bring intelligent banners/signs.
Health Canada can be contacted here:
Medical Marihuana Regulatory Reform Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Address locator AL3503D
Key points of the new regulations
1. Mail-order only. No more dispensary storefronts. No more personalized advice on which strains are best for you.
2. No more health services. If the system is by mail, then no health services such as: acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counselling and others will exist for medical marijuana patients.
3. No more provincial/municipal medical cards. ONLY Federal authorization (which is a difficult process, that doctors are reluctant to support for fear of reprisal, and takes months) will be accepted. YOUR LOCAL DISPENSARY AUTHORIZATION WILL NO LONGER EXIST. NOR WILL YOUR LOCAL DISPENSARY.
This is a very important month for medical cannabis users. Don’t be inactive. There is no excuse to not even send an email or phone-call and please show up to protest!