Director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics, Which Prescribes Pot to Patients, Warns That Patients Using Unauthorized Dispensaries Risk Not Having Their Prescriptions Renewed

Article by Dale Carruthers, London Free Press


Medical marijuana users who buy their pot from illegal dispensaries risk not having their prescriptions renewed.

That’s the warning doctors at a London clinic specializing in prescribing pot are giving their patients, said Ronan Levy, director of Canadian Cannabis Clinics.

But the operator of London’s newest dispensary — engaged in a showdown with police that illustrates confusion over Canada’s pot laws — calls the warning “bullying.”

Setting up shop in London more than a year ago, doctors at Canadian Cannabis Clinics assess patients and write prescriptions for medical marijuana. Though a referral from a family doctor is preferred, it’s not required at the clinic.

“Absolutely we do not recommend that patients purchase through dispensaries,” Levy said from Vancouver.

The proliferation of dispensaries across Canada — there’s an estimated 350 — is causing confusion among patients on the legal status of the businesses, Levy said.

Under federal law, authorized patients can only buy marijuana for medicinal use from a few dozen government-approved commercial producers.

“If a patient goes to a dispensary and purchases from there, as opposed to one of Health Canada’s licensed producers, they won’t continue to provide a prescription to those patients,” Levy said of his doctors.

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