Senator Questions Revised Marijuana Reimbursement Limit For Veterans

Article by Charlie Pinkerton, iPolitics

Marijuana Zoning 20150624. Senator questions revised marijuana reimbursement limit for veterans By Charlie Pinkerton. A bag of marijuana is held up at a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver on Friday May 1, 2015. The City of Vancouver has become the first in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, despite strong warnings from the federal government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A year and a half ago, the Trudeau government rolled back the amount of medical marijuana that it would cover for veterans from 10 grams a day to three.

But that cut may not have been deep enough for at least one member of the Senate sub-committee on Veterans Affairs.

Sen. David Adams Richards said he questioned the maximum daily amount of medical cannabis allotted to vets suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. His concern comes on the heels of testimony by James MacKillop, the director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research at McMaster University.

“In non-medical consumers, three grams daily would be considered very consumption and 10 grams would be considered extremely heavy,” MacKillop told the sub-committee at Wednesday’s meeting.

“Twelve joints a day does seem like a lot,” Richards said after the meeting concluded. One gram equalling four joints is a common conversion used by the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research, MacKillop said.

“It would be a high level of consumption,” MacKillop said. “Might it be fitting for the person? Yes. But especially for non-medical users, it would be someone who’s a very heavy user. Twelve joints a day, every day, that’s a lot.”

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