A new chain of Montreal-area medicinal marijuana clinics hasn’t yet opened, but its methods are already being challenged by Quebec’s college of physicians.
And while the man behind these clinics says he’s complying with the rules outlined by Health Canada’s medicinal cannabis program, he also admits that some of the doctors he works with are based out of province and will prescribe the drug via Skype teleconference.
This practice is illegal, according to the Collège des médecins du Québec.
“Doctors prescribing cannabis to a patient in Quebec have to be based in Quebec. The rules are pretty clear about that,” said Caroline Langis, a spokesperson for the college. “A doctor needs to be a member of the (physicians college) and abide by its rules. There’s no getting around that.”
The clinics’ co-founder, Antonio Bramante, says Quebec’s strict guidelines around medicinal cannabis have forced his hand.
“It’s so difficult in Quebec to see a doctor that they force the patients to go out of province,” said Bramante, the co-founder of the Natures Decision clinic set to open in Ville Émard this week. “Because we have such difficulty working with doctors in Quebec, in some cases it is a doctor out of province.”