Veterans Affairs Canada Review of Marijuana for Medical Purposes - November 2016 Prior to the introduction of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMARs) extremely limited access to cannabis to a small number of conditions and circumstances and only when authorized by a specialist. Since 2008, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has provided coverage for the cost of marijuana for medical purposes (MMP) to Veterans who obtained the product in accordance with Health Canada regulations. Under the MMARs , access was in limited circumstances and the number of Veterans receiving MMP were appropriately low. On April 1st, 2014, Health Canada released new regulations which eliminated the need to meet certain health criteria before obtaining MMP. The new regulations allow private producers, licensed by Health Canada, to supply MMP to Canadians who have authorization from a physician to access the product. The licensed producers determine the price to charge their recipients. The number of recipients with active authorizations for MMP has been increasing every year. Expenditures for MMP have increased from approximately $416,000 in fiscal year 2013-14 to $20,538,153 in fiscal year 2015-16. In March 2016, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr, announced a comprehensive review of MMP in response to observations from the Auditor General of Canada. Objectives of the review included the development of a recipient profile, assessment of Veterans Affairs Canada's internal governance and compliance, identification of gaps in Veteran health, safety and well-being; and, a review of other benefits, services and programs that the Department is providing to Veterans in receipt of marijuana for medical purposes. 2016-11-15 2019-01-05 Veterans Affairs Canada vac.opengovernment-gouvernementouvert.acc@canada.ca Government and PoliticsVeterans Affairs CanadaVACMarijuana for medical purposesInternal auditEvaluationVeterans Review of Marijuana for Medical PurposesHTML http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/reports/departmental-audit-evaluation/2016-review-marijuana-medical-purposes Review of Marijuana for Medical PurposesHTML http://www.veterans.gc.ca/fra/about-us/reports/departmental-audit-evaluation/2016-review-marijuana-medical-purposes Review of Marijuana for Medical PurposesPDF http://www.veterans.gc.ca/pdf/deptReports/2016-review-marijuana-medical-purposes/2016-review-marijuana-medical.pdf Review of Marijuana for Medical PurposesPDF http://www.veterans.gc.ca/pdf/deptReports/2016-review-marijuana-medical-purposes/2016-review-marijuana-medical_f.pdf

Veterans Affairs Canada Review of Marijuana for Medical Purposes - November 2016

Prior to the introduction of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations (MMARs) extremely limited access to cannabis to a small number of conditions and circumstances and only when authorized by a specialist. Since 2008, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has provided coverage for the cost of marijuana for medical purposes (MMP) to Veterans who obtained the product in accordance with Health Canada regulations. Under the MMARs , access was in limited circumstances and the number of Veterans receiving MMP were appropriately low.

On April 1st, 2014, Health Canada released new regulations which eliminated the need to meet certain health criteria before obtaining MMP. The new regulations allow private producers, licensed by Health Canada, to supply MMP to Canadians who have authorization from a physician to access the product. The licensed producers determine the price to charge their recipients. The number of recipients with active authorizations for MMP has been increasing every year. Expenditures for MMP have increased from approximately $416,000 in fiscal year 2013-14 to $20,538,153 in fiscal year 2015-16.

In March 2016, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Kent Hehr, announced a comprehensive review of MMP in response to observations from the Auditor General of Canada.

Objectives of the review included the development of a recipient profile, assessment of Veterans Affairs Canada's internal governance and compliance, identification of gaps in Veteran health, safety and well-being; and, a review of other benefits, services and programs that the Department is providing to Veterans in receipt of marijuana for medical purposes.

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