Libby calls for a public review of Canada's Medical Marijuana Program

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Aglukkaq,

In March, your Conservative colleague, MP Larry Miller, raised the issue of medical marijuana in the House of Commons. Mr. Miller expressed concerned about the use of medical marijuana in public. Canada’s Medical Marijuana Access Regulation (MMRA) program is plagued with problems, one of which is ensuring the respect for users of medical marijuana when deciding where they may be allowed to take their prescribed medication.

At the time, you made a commitment to your colleague to take immediate action on the above issue, and it is my hope that you will take a similar approach to the far more odious problems of the MMAR that are adversely affecting the health and wellbeing of the thousands of Canadians who must rely on medical marijuana.

The current medical marijuana program is prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic, is considered ineffective by medical professionals and law enforcement agencies alike, and has been found unconstitutional by several courts.

The enclosed letter was sent to then Minister of Health, Tony Clement in June, 2008. I am asking that you consider the information enclosed and urge you, as I have your predecessor, to undertake a full public review of the MMRA.

Sincerely,
Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East
NDP Spokesperson for Drug Policy

This Open Letter to Ministers & Public Officials was posted on April 30, 2009
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