Ken Harrower

WHY ISN'T THE CITY GETTING IT? PATIENTS ARE SUFFERING!!!

Patients across cities throughout Ontario are suffering As they continue to close medicinal dispensaries giving access or a lot of patients that require support. The reality is Health Canada laws require a fixed address, a credit card to be able to purchase your prescribed medicinal cannabis. Outlined is a story in London of Ken Harrower in the London Free Press, who continues to suffer and asks the city for help to have a physical location with the ability to purchase his medicinal cannabis. Medicinal My Way is pushing hard for patients exactly like Ken and many others across this country that are seeking the same request. It’s unconstitutional to give limitation for patients to have access, yet our Province and City continue to think it’s the proper way to force all access shut down. Have your say join our cause and let’s make a difference and make it accessible and…

Tell Hamilton Council the Patient Paradox Must End

While retail solutions for recreational cannabis are rolling in, medical cannabis patients are being cut off from the same kind of in-community access. Medical dispensary closures are leaving patients at risk and without alternatives to the current mail-order system. There IS a solution. Contact your councillors today tell them that patients deserve better! Listed below are the City of Hamilton councillors by ward. Let them know that Hamilton patients need a medical dispensary solution! It is possible under the Lofchik Order! Not sure what ward you’re in? Find your ward on the City of Hamilton website. Ward Name Email Phone Number 1 Maureen Wilson maureen.wilson@hamilton.ca 905-546-2416 2 Jason Farr jason.farr@hamilton.ca 905-546-2711 3 Nrinder Nann nrinder.nann@hamilton.ca 905-546-2702 4 Sam Merulla sam.merulla@hamilton.ca 905-546-4512 5 Chad Collins chad.collins@hamilton.ca 905-546-2716 6 Tom Jackson tom.jackson@hamilton.ca 905-546-2707 7 Esther Pauls esther.pauls@hamilton.ca 905-546-2706 8 John Paul Danko john-paul.danko@hamilton.ca 905-521-3954 9 Brad Clark brad.clark@hamilton.ca 905-546-2703 10 Maria Pearson…

Cannabis Lawyer Jack Lloyd on the Bill Kelly Podcast - Illegal Pot Shops

Take Action! Update

WHAT IS HAPPENING: One of our core objectives is to make medicinal cannabis available in a brick and mortar environment. Many patients visit or rely on dispensaries in their communities to supplement the shortcomings of the legal medical cannabis system/process.  In August 2017 Mr. Justice Lofchik of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice agreed and ordered that a local cannabis dispensary could remain open on the condition they sell cannabis only to patients with a valid medical document. While a full hearing on the government’s mail order system is pending, the order was a powerful statement on the pressing need for brick and mortar solutions for patients in the community.   As dispensaries are being targeted and forced to close, patients are desperate for the remaining few to continue operations under the Lofchik order. Cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd argued the case and posited, you cannot prohibit dispensaries at a time when the government’s system is broken….

Luncheon with Hamilton Police Chief Girt

Appointed as Chief in May 2016, Chief Eric Girt is responsible for one of the largest major municipal law enforcement agencies in the Province of Ontario. At a luncheon today hosted by the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, he spoke about Crisis Response Units and programs within the city designed to address and serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Medicinal My Way was in attendance to challenge the exclusion of medical cannabis patients as part of those considered vulnerable, who have been placed directly at risk by the recent closures of local medical cannabis dispensaries. The Social Navigator Program (SNP), Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST), and Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) exist to assess and follow up with the needs of at-risk individuals -with a mental health issue or concern – who have had repeat interactions with the Hamilton Police Service….

Lofchik Order Protects Medical Dispensary

Medical cannabis patients in Canada are at the mercy of local law enforcement as local medically-focused dispensaries are targeted. In August 2017 Mr. Justice Lofchik of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered that a local cannabis dispensary could remain open on the condition they sell cannabis only to patients with a valid medical document. While a full hearing on the government’s mail order system is pending, the order was a powerful statement on the pressing need for brick and mortar solutions for patients in the community. As dispensaries around Hamilton are being targeted and forced to close, patients are desperate for the remaining few to continue operations under the Lofchik order. Toronto cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd argued the case and posited, you cannot prohibit dispensaries at a time when the government’s system is broken. In his case, Lloyd pointed out that in Allard v The Queen, Mr. Justice Phelan…

The Medical Cannabis Ad You Won't See During the Super Bowl

As of December 2018, ten American states have legalized the use of cannabis for adults, while 33 states have allowed it for medical reasons. Since more states may legalize in 2019, the de-stigmatizing of medical cannabis through education has spread to multiple media platforms, including network television. Public service announcements and product advertisements can play a critical role in sparking a public conversation on important issues. A recent ad for the Gillette campaign that launched earlier this month addressed the pervasive nature of toxic masculinity and invited men to actively challenge the stereotypes and expectations of what it means to be a man today. Responses to the campaign have been polarizing, but ultimately the ad succeeded in encouraging important public conversation. The growing acceptance and increasing legalization of medical cannabis in Canada and various states in the USA has also sparked a number of discussions revolving around what is acceptable…

Photo credit: Integr8 Health

Opiate Crisis: How Medical Cannabis Can Help

The United States is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis and we can see similarities in Canada. In 2017 approximately 17 Canadians a day were hospitalized due to opioid poisoning and 3,987 Canadians died from an opioid overdose, although these numbers are likely an underestimation.   Dr. Dustin Sulak is the founder and director of Integr8 Health, a network of holistic health clinics specializing in cannabis.  Dr. Dustin Sulak has written an article on how Medical Cannabis can help as a neglected treatment option for opioid addiction. “Adding cannabis to opioids makes the opioids safer. Cannabis can prevent opioid tolerance building and the need for dose escalation. Cannabis can treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. And cannabis is safer than other harm reduction options for people that are addicted or dependent on opioids.” To read the full article click here     References: https://cmha.ca/documents/overdose-prevention 

CFAMM Federal Finance Committee Speech with James O’Hara

On November 7th, 2018 Medicinal My Way Coalition Member James O’Hara addressed the Federal Finance Committee and below is a transcript of that speech. “Thank you Chair, and to the Standing Committee for the invitation to appear today. My name is James O’Hara and I’m the President and CEO of Canadians For Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, commonly known as CFAMM and I’m a medical cannabis patient myself. CFAMM is a national non-profit organization which has successfully represented medical cannabis patients since 2014. We speak on behalf of the approximately 350,000 medical cannabis patients in Canada today. Our organization has emerged as the thoughtful, legitimate, grassroots voice for medical cannabis in the non-profit, advocacy space today. Let me begin Mr. Chairman…by saying, 25%, that’s the average amount of tax there is on medical cannabis today. 25% and in many cases, that’s low…fully a quarter of the cost of a patient’s…

Medicinal Cannabinoids found to be Safe for Treating Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

While cannabis has been used for years by the medical community for treating various conditions, a recently published study puts the spotlight on medicinal cannabinoids as a candidate for treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown cause that can affect a person’s brain, spinal cord, and eyes. The immune system attacks the protective outer shell of the body’s nerve systems, and eventually, a person’s nerves can become permanently damaged. As MS progresses, the brain can no longer use the nerve fibres to properly transmit signals throughout the body. Patients suffering from MS will have mild to serious symptoms that can affect, vision, speech, voluntary movement, balance, muscle control and body functions. Patients may also experience tiredness, depression, and physical pain. Symptoms vary and can either worsen or improve (with possibilities for relapse) over time. While there is no cure for MS, there are…

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Take Action Hamilton!

While retail solutions for recreational cannabis are rolling in, medical cannabis patients are being cut off from the same kind of in-community access. Medical dispensary closures are leaving patients at risk and without alternatives to the current mail-order system.

There IS a solution. Contact your councillors today tell them that patients deserve better!

Patients in Hamilton, ON call for City Council to Intervene