Article by Sarah Hanlon, Toronto Sun
Holy smokes! Veterans are getting punished for the acts of some shady medical marijuana companies.
Last week, Vice News broke a story about the rising costs of medical marijuana for veterans and it shed light on the reasons for the drastic spike.
The biggest? Some legal cannabis producers are milking the system and actively recruiting veterans in order to max out their orders with only the most expensive cannabis strains — knowing it’s up to the government to foot the bill on veteran prescriptions.
When one savvy veteran caught on to his Health Canada-licensed producer hiding cheaper strains from the veteran menu, they called up the company and asked to see all the options.
Multiple veterans told Vice the licensed producers asked why they enquired about cost and quality of the marijuana since it’s the government who picks up the tab. (Translation: Us, the public.) Many people, including Jonathan Ziad — founder of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana — believes there have been instances of vendors increasing the price of cannabis in order to exploit the system.
So let’s step back and put this into perspective: imagine if Air Canada actively reached out to every veteran to encourage them to take a first-class trip to Japan because they were allowed to bill the government, whether they needed to go or not. That’s what has happened here.