Legal cannabis isn’t new to Canada—in fact it’s been available to patients with qualifying medical conditions since 2001. There’s no doubt that when cannabis became legal to all adults in 2018, it was made possible in large part by the persistence and advocacy of patients.
“We have to remember that it was medical patients who have allowed us to have a legal framework in Canada in the first place,” says Sabrina Ramkellawan, vice president of clinical affairs at licensed producer Terrascend.
But legalization for all adults hasn’t necessarily benefited medical users. In fact, some cannabis industry experts say increased barriers to access and affordability are setting patients back.
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