Article by Elizabeth Chiu, CBC News
Military veterans who smoke, eat or vape as much as 10 grams a day of medical marijuana for chronic pain or PTSD are facing a dramatic cut in reimbursement within days for a treatment many say is the only one that works.
Nearly 4,500 veterans are currently reimbursed by Veterans Affairs for up to 10 grams a day of medical marijuana, but on Monday, that will be capped at three grams a day.
The move affects 2,578 veterans. Their coverage will be cut by as much as two-thirds.
Veterans Affairs spent $63.7 million in 2016-17 for medical marijuana — triple the amount spent the previous year.
In a statement, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr said “this is not about dollars and cents.”
He said the department is following the recommendation of the College of Family Physicians of Canada that establishes three grams as the upper limit for medical cannabis while research continues to emerge.
The move has angered Fabian Henry, an Afghanistan veteran and the founder of Marijuana for Trauma — an Oromocto, N.B., company with 15 locations to help veterans access medical marijuana.