A local producer is offering a subsidy to some clients after a new limit on medical cannabis for veterans was announced by the federal government.
Tweed, a Smiths Falls-based cannabis producer, said it will continue to ensure coverage despite a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) announcement it will reduce the amount of medical marijuana covered by insurance from 10 grams per day to a new limit of three, while covering a maximum of $8.50 per gram.
“Any cost differential between our store price and the coverage by Veterans Affairs will be covered by Tweed and Bedrocan Canada, respectively, so that we subsidize our veterans and not the other way around,” said Bruce Linton, CEO of Canopy Growth.
Tweed said the move will ensure clients who are veterans can continue to have access to a full range of products to meet their needs, including cannabis oils.
“Cannabis appears to provide significant therapeutic benefit to thousands of Canadian veterans while potentially reducing the use of costly and, in some cases, harmful pharmaceuticals.”
According to the government release on the change, there will be an “exceptional circumstances” process for veterans whose health practitioner authorizes more than three grams per day, but the process will require additional documentation from a doctor related to the veteran’s specific needs.