Due To Lack Of Funds Quebec Medical Marijuana Service Won't Take New Patients
Santé Cannabis, a no-fee medical cannabis service covered by Quebec's public health insurance announced it will not take on any new patients due to a lack of funding.
"We had to scale down our staff to be able to focus on the continuation of care to our current patients," said Erin Prosk, president and co-founder of Santé Cannabis. "That means thousands of patients across Quebec will not be able to have access to health-care professionals to support the safe and effective use of cannabis for therapeutic reasons."
Rebecca Fogel, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 16, has been in and out of the hospital. She was prescribed opioids to control her pain and she eventually became dependent on them. However, a doctor who had previously worked at Santé Cannabis suggested that she try medical marijuana for non-opioid pain control, which Fogel said changed her life.
Due to the pandemic, some companies began withdrawing their grants, leaving Santé Cannabis without funds to continue treating patients like Fogel. "It really is an essential health-care service that isn't offered by the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), isn't available in pharmacies and clinics or hospitals across Quebec, we're here because there's an important and critical need," said Prosk.
"So they're coming at the end of their rope. They are suffering. Chronic pain touches every corner of their lives," said Dr. Michael Dworkind, the co-founder and medical director of Santé Cannabis. "The good news is that it makes a significant difference in people's lives, in such ways that they can sleep, can function, some even go …