Health advocates ask Saskatchewan medical cannabis users to talk with physicians, pharmacies
By Emily Olsen Global News
Posted April 21, 2021 9:11 am
Updated April 21, 2021 9:15 am
1:54 Health advocates ask Saskatchewan medical cannabis users to talk with physicians, pharmacies
WATCH: Medical cannabis advocates and health professionals are asking for more medical cannabis patients to use proper health channels to access products and information after a 2019 Health Canada report showed a disproportionate number of people in Saskatchewan were self-medicating without a physician's recommendation.
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April 20 has been a day of advocacy for cannabis use long before its legalization in Canada. This year, health advocates are asking for more people to pursue proper health channels when accessing medical marijuana products.
Founder and CEO of the SheCann medical cannabis community, Ashleigh Brown, says the biggest push among Canadians is “connecting people with resources, support, information and evidence-based practices.”
Health Canada statistics from 2019 show that 14 per cent or more than 160,000 people in Saskatchewan were using cannabis medically, while only 8,000 of them had gone through proper healthcare channels.
Brown says this may be because of the stigma that most traditional healthcare won’t offer cannabis options or have up-to-date cannabis information.
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