We demand that federally regulated medical cannabis be added to the PEI provincial drug formulary and the PEI Seniors' Drug Cost Assistance Program, the High Cost Cancer Program, High Cost Crohn's Disease Program, High Cost Multiple Sclerosis Program, High Cost Rheumatoid Arthritis Program, High Cost Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration Program, the AIDS/HIV Drug program, and the Catastrophic Cost Drug Programs so that seniors, and those who require medical cannabis for their medical treatment, as prescribed by a physician, but can not afford to obtain it themselves, have their medications covered by the provincial drug program and included in the provincial drug formulary.
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Please take the time to sign this petition and share it with your friends. The federal government's Health Canada, which oversees the licensing of medical cannabis, has made changes to the medical marijuana access program which mean that those patients who previously could grow their own medicine, or have a caregiver grow it for them, at very affordable costs will no longer be able to do so.
Instead under the proposed changes in regulations patients will have to purchase their medication through a commercial seller. The marketplace will determine the price but best estimates are that the price will soar to 8 to 10 dollars a gram. Many patients can grow their own for a fraction of the cost. This means many seniors and those on pensions will not be able to afford their medication under the purposed changes.
Cannabis is proven effective treatment for many chronic conditions including altzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and general chronic pain management. PEI has a large population of seniors facing increasing costs to the health care system. Cannabis is inexpensive, safe effective medicine for many degenerative conditions and would save our health care system money.
Our seniors deserve to have as many options as possible when facing quality of life and pain management decisions. Many seniors want alternatives to prescription drugs for pain management with the onset of advanced age and chronic conditions. Many prefer a natural approach which is affordable and effective without serious side effects when ingested properly. However, most seniors will not be able to afford this treatment due to the high cost of commercial production. Please sign and share this petition so that Island seniors and others with chronic disease have as many healthy options as possible. This will save us as a province money in the long term as well as assist in the quality of life of many Islanders.
We want the PEI Minister of Health Doug Currie to include medical cannabis to the provincial drug formulary so that Islanders can access it through the PEI Seniors' Drug Cost Assistance Program, the High Cost Cancer Program, the High Cost Crohn's Disease Program, the High Cost Multiple Sclerosis Program, the High Cost Rheumatoid Arthritis Program, the High Cost Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration Program, the AIDS/HIV Drug program, the Financial Assistance Drug program and the Catastrophic Cost Drug Program so that seniors and those who require medical cannabis for their medical treatment, as prescribed by a physician, but do not have the means to obtain it themselves have their medications covered by the provincial drug program and included in the provincial drug formulary.
Kat-Alyst Murphy, Canada5 months ago
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