Barriers To Accessing Medical Marijuana You Probably Didn't Think Of

By Alison McMahon

My mom was recently diagnosed with cancer for a second time and I happily helped her get a prescription for medical cannabis. Going through this with her made me realize there are a number of barriers to access. She found the process overwhelming and complicated. I believe she wouldn't have actually got a prescription if I hadn't been there to help her. So what exactly are the barriers?

1. Lack of information about how to get a prescription

When my mom found out she had cancer, she told her family doctor that she "wasn't doing this again without medical marijuana." The physician maintained a straight face and said nothing. Not particularly helpful.

The majority of physicians in Canada are not educated on medical cannabis and are unable or unwilling to write prescriptions to patients. This makes it difficult to talk with your doctor about medical cannabis, let...

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