Licensed cannabis oil too scarce, expensive for medical users

MIKE HAGER

Chris Skidmore has been using cannabis oil for five years to help him fight HIV. (Rafal Gerszak/Rafal Gerszak)

 

“Mr. Skidmore, a cannabis advocate for several years, says he can’t afford the cannabis oil sold by a handful of Canada’s licensed commercial producers, and every patient he knows buys their oil from illegal dispensaries or small-scale producers such as himself.

Using marijuana he grows with a licence under the old federal medical marijuana system, the material in each batch costs him about $100, which he says works out to an overall cost of about $5 to $10 per gram of oil, depending on how the process goes. That’s much cheaper than the $25 to $50 per gram at Vancouver’s dispensaries, or the $90 charged by one licensed producer, Mettrum, for one 40-millilitre bottle of oil, the cheapest rate offered through Health Canada’s system.”

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/licensed-cannabis-oil-too-scarce-expensive-for-medical-users/article28425672/

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