Medical marijuana patients stymied by systemic barriers are self-medicating

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These are just some of the results from a new survey released today by Medical Cannabis Canada (MCC), a national non-profit patient advocacy organization. Indeed, the survey shows about 90 per cent of patient respondents support pharmacists being able to issue medical documents, provide medical guidance on cannabis use and risk, and dispense medical cannabis. Findings indicate that 72 per cent of medical cannabis patients say using it has reduced their reliance on traditional medications, while a minority of both those with documents and those without report decreased reliance on opioid pain relievers. Medicinal marijuana patients with proper medical documentation still feel they are being pushed toward recreational and unregulated markets to find relief for what ails them, and the situation is worse for patients without documentation. Not only is there a general need to clear systemic barriers — including cost, stigma and other access issues — patients are also having to make health decisions without the support and advice of professionals.

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Medicinal marijuana patients with proper medical documentation still feel they are being pushed toward recreational and unregulated markets to find relief for what ails them, and the situation is worse for patients without documentation.

Not only is there a general need to clear systemic barriers — including cost, stigma and other access issues — patients are also having to make health decisions without the support and advice of professionals.

These are just some of the results from a new survey released today...

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