Canada: Medical Marijuana users worried legalization will impact coverage

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As the legalization of marijuana draws closer, concerns are being expressed by those already consuming cannabis products for medical reasons.

Keith Bailey is a pharmacist who owns the Shopper’s Drug Mart in CBS. He has been dealing with medical marijuana for many years and says patients are concerned that once legalized recreational marijuana comes on stream, their coverage will be affected.

He says many patients have their medical marijuana covered through their medical plans, and they can use it as an income tax deduction.

They’re concerned, says Bailey, that their access through medical routes might not be as good as recreational routes, and they’re worried they may be pushed into the recreational stream where they’re not covered.

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