Libby calls for an end to long wait times for medical marijuana patients

Question Period
House of Commons
October 19, 2010

Libby Davies (MP Vancouver East):Mr. Speaker,

Chronically ill Canadians are waiting months to get and renew permits for access to medical marijuana. Patients are being cut off from their legally prescribed medication because of an under-resourced overly bureaucratic application process.

Mr. Speaker, people don’t want to break the law to access and use their legally prescribed drugs.

Will the Minister stop treating patients like criminals and commit the necessary resources to end these dangerously long processing times?

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of Health, CPC) :

Mr. Speaker, we are aware of the backlog and are putting additional resources toward addressing it.

My department has installed procedures that will improve the efficiency of the review and authorization process and to respond in a timely manner.

Reform of this program will balance public safety and access to patient needs.