Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News
The founder of an online community for medical cannabis users is encouraging them to switch from companies she believes have prioritized supplying recreational cannabis users over medical patients.
Ashleigh Brown started the Facebook group SheCann in June 2017 to help women navigate Canada’s complex legal medical cannabis regime. The community now has almost 2,500 members, and Brown observed many of them reporting difficulty obtaining their medication in the months leading up to the legalization of non-medical cannabis.
Since legalization, problems have included “(supply) not being there, issues with shipping and delays, (cannabis) strains cropping up in the recreational provincial stores online or in the physical storefronts that hadn’t been available to medical users for months,” Brown said.
She saw that phenomenon first-hand when she visited a newly opened recreational cannabis store in her home province of Manitoba and observed certain kinds of cannabis for sale she said had been unavailable to medical users for some time.
Specifically, Brown identified four licensed cannabis producers as having let down medical cannabis users: Tilray, Canopy Growth, Aurora, and Peace Naturals.
But among the 36 Canadian companies licensed to sell medical cannabis, 28 still have the same amount of stock, or more, Brown said, lauding companies such as CanniMed, Emblem, WeedMD, Organigram, Green Relief, Hydropothecary and Emerald Health for maintaining a steady supply of CBD oil, a much sought-after product among many medical cannabis users, along with other varieties of cannabis.