Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
On Tuesday, Patty Hajdu, the Minister of Health, granted drug exemptions to four Canadians with terminal cancer to pursue psilocybin therapy.
The patients completed their applications with the help of TheraPsil, a B.C.-based non-profit organization. In a press release, TheraPsil said these four patients “mark the first publicly-known individuals to receive a legal exemption from the Canadian Drugs and Substances Act to access psychedelic therapy, and the first known patients to legally use psilocybin since the compound became illegal in Canada in 1974.”
“I would like to personally thank the Hon. Minister Hajdu and the team at the Office of Controlled Substances for the approval of my section 56 exemption,” said Thomas Hartle, one of the four patients granted the exemption. “This is the positive result that is possible when good people show genuine compassion. I’m so grateful that I can move forward with the next step of healing.”
In June, The GrowthOp wrote about Hartle’s efforts to gain an exemption. More than 100 days passed from when the first application was submitted to today’s announcement.
“I want to thank the Health Minister and Health Canada for approving my request for psilocybin use. The acknowledgement of the pain and anxiety that I have been suffering with means a lot to me, and I am feeling quite emotional today as a result,” said Laurie Brooks, another applicant from British Columbia.
“I hope this is just the beginning and that soon all Canadians will be able to access psilocybin, for therapeutic use, to help with the pain they are experiencing, without having to petition the government for months to gain permission.”