CAN: Quebec medical cannabis service won't take new patients due to lack of funds

Santé Cannabis is in trouble and just announced it will not take on any new patients due to a lack of funding. The organization, which provides patients with resources on where to find and how to use medicinal cannabis, has relied on public funding and private grants from cannabis companies up until now. But with the pandemic hitting the cannabis industry hard, companies started pulling their grants – leaving Santé Cannabis dry.

"We had to scale down our staff to be able to focus on the continuation of care to our current patients," said Erin Prosk, president and co-founder of Santé Cannabis.

"That means thousands of patients across Quebec will not be able to have access to health-care professionals to support the safe and effective use of cannabis for therapeutic reasons."

Santé Cannabis is the only no-fee medical cannabis service covered by Quebec's public health insurance. Patients would get a referral from their doctor, then be paired with a nurse practitioner and physician to learn which cannabis products could work for their specific needs. The organization does not sell cannabis.

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