Veterans across Canada benefit from a medical insurance coverage program that is unmatched in most countries around the world. Since the inception of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has covered the costs of whole-flower medical cannabis for veterans who are registered with a licensed producer. While this is a tremendous benefit, it has not been adapted to reflect the current options available to medical cannabis patients. In June 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling that legalized the use of medical cannabis extracts. While these products have been available for months, there is currently no medical cannabis extracts coverage available to veterans through VAC.

The Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC), of which Tilray is a founding member, is of the opinion that extracts should be covered by VAC insurance in addition to whole-flower medical cannabis. To this end, the CMCC has submitted an e-petition asking VAC to cover the cost of cannabis extract products for Canada’s military and law enforcement veterans this week.

We invite all Canadians who are interested in helping give back to our veterans to sign this e-petition by December 2, 2016 on the Parliament of Canada’s website.
Extracts Coverage for Veterans E-petition

Whereas:

The government through Veterans Affairs Canada has committed to support the care, treatment or re-establishment in civil life of Canadian veterans, including by covering the cost of certain medications and medical treatments for veterans;

Veterans throughout Canada are legally accessing medical cannabis through the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations for the treatment of PTSD, chronic pain and other health issues;

Health Canada currently discourages smoking medical cannabis as a method of use;

Oral ingestion of cannabis poses certain advantages over ingestion through the lungs, including ease of use and a reduction in bronchial irritation associated with smoking;

Veterans Affairs Canada currently covers the cost of raw cannabis flower but not cannabis extracts for veterans, thereby precluding many veterans from accessing cannabis extracts for medical purposes.

We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to cover the cost of cannabis extracts obtained under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in order to increase therapeutic options for Canadian veterans, and to continue to support the care, treatment or re-establishment in civil life of Canadian veterans, including by covering the cost of certain medications and medical treatments for veterans.