Canada caps veterans’ medical marijuana use — Health Canada warned that more than five grams per day could pose increased risks to health

AFP

© AFP/File | Health Canada data shows average Canadian consumption of medical marijuana is 2.6 grams per day

OTTAWA (AFP) – Canada lowered Tuesday a reimbursement limit for veterans’ use of medical marijuana after prescriptions shot up more than tenfold in the last two years.

The government capped covered daily consumption to three grams (0.11 ounces) at a price of Can$8.50 (US$6.32) per gram.

“We consulted with veterans, their advocates, stakeholders, medical experts and reviewed existing research on using marijuana for medical purposes and developed a balanced policy,” Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr said in a statement.

The government’s auditor general earlier this year had questioned a previous cap of 10 grams per veteran per day, saying the military could not explain its rationale for the dosage limit.

Meanwhile, Health Canada warned that more than five grams per day could pose increased risks to health, including lung and heart disease, and dependency on the psychoactive drug.

Health Canada data shows average Canadian consumption of medical marijuana is 2.6 grams per day.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “Canada caps veterans’ medical marijuana use — Health Canada warned that more than five grams per day could pose increased risks to health”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: