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Health Canada issues Section 56 Class Exemption for ACMPR Section 2 Applicants

 

March 8, 2018

 

Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society, Health Canada has issued a Section 56 Class exemption for all applicants under Section 2 of the ACMPR.

This means that effective March 2nd, 2018 all certificates for personal production approved by Health Canada will be dated from the date that Health Canada approves the certificate NOT the date the physician signed the medical document. This is a huge win for patients across Canada who grow their own medical cannabis!

In addition, more staff have been added to process applications in an effort to speed up turnaround times for Production Certificates.

The Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society would like to thank the management team at Health Canada and the Office of Medical Cannabis for listening to the concerns of patients and taking immediate action that will bridge procedures until the passage of Bill C-45 makes them permanent.

The CTCP Society will continue to stand up for patient rights related to the ACMPR and will continue to do so after the transition to the Bill C-45 medical access program.

Health Canada releases Summary of Comments Received During the Public Consultation

March 19th, 2018

A collection of thoughts and suggestions made by recognised stakeholder organizations at the Federal Government Roundtables and interested organizations and individuals online.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/drugs-health-products/summary-comments-public-consultation-regulation-cannabis.html

A collection of thoughts and suggestions made by recognised stakeholder organizations at the Federal Government Roundtables and interested organizations and individuals online.

 

March 19th, 2018

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/drugs-health-products/summary-comments-public-consultation-regulation-cannabis.html

CTCP Society attends Roundtable sessions on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

 

Dec. 22, 2017

 

On November 23rd, 2017 the Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society was invited by the Federal Government to attend two roundtable discussions on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis.

The first session, held on December 6th, 2017 was attended by CTCP Society Secretary Ross Middleton and the second session was attended by CTCP Society President Tamara Cartwright.

Both sessions were welcoming and receptive. The Health Canada panel representatives led by Eric Costen were eager to collect the thoughts of all the registered stakeholders in attendance with the intent of making the regulation of cannabis in Canada better.

Ross and Tamara were focused on representing medical cannabis patients from coast to coast to coast. Ensuring access to a medical program under Bill C-45 that maintained the court ordered “reasonable access” was the paramount goal of our efforts. We asked for an improved version of the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and our suggestions were well received by the panel.

Much of our focus was on Section 2 of the ACMPR (personal production) and the sluggish implementation of the court ordered program that returned the right of patients to grow their own cannabis for medical purposes. High on our agenda (no pun intended) was the long wait time associated with processing Section 2 applications which could take up to 8 months in some cases and when combined with the practice of “backdating” certificates to the date the physician signed the medical document could lead to the loss of up to 10 months from a 12 month permit.

All of our concerns were well received by the panel and commitments were made to ensure that a robust medical program would be preserved under Bill C-45 and efforts would be made to improve the situation with the hiring of more support staff to speed up processing and ending the “backdating” practice.

The Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society is the only Official unfunded Stakeholder Organization recognized by Health Canada that advocates solely for Medical Cannabis Patient’s rights.

Related

Article from Twelve High Chicks Magazine written by Tamara Cartwright.

https://www.twelvehighchicks.com/legalization-round-table/

Roundtable session on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

 

Nov. 23, 2017

 

The Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society is proud to be representing the patients we serve at the roundtable session on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis in both Ottawa and Vancouver. We are seeking input from both medical and recreational advocates.

Use the Contact Us page to tell us what you want them to hear.

ACMPR Update from Health Canada

Sept. 25,2017

 

As apart of our ongoing advocacy on behalf of the sick, disabled and terminally ill Canadians who access medical cannabis through the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (section 2), we are pleased to share this official response direct from the management team at the Office of Medical Cannabis.

Your constructive comments about this information release will help us to focus our ongoing efforts to make a better system for all.

 

*** Official Release***

 

Health Canada - Sept. 25, 2017

 

Thank you for sharing the concerns of the Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society. As discussed when we spoke in August, the Office of Medical Cannabis welcomes feedback from Canadians who use cannabis for medical purposes.

I have forwarded your feedback regarding the interactions with the call centre to the Manager of Client Services. This feedback will be used in future training sessions for staff.

We are working to process registrations as quickly as possible. The processing time can take anywhere from 8-16 weeks, depending on the complexity of the information. Since the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations came into force on August 24, 2016, Health Canada has received and processed more than 15,000 applications from individuals seeking to register or renew their application to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical needs, or to designate another person to produce it on their behalf. 

Patients are encouraged to make sure that they complete the form and call our call centre at 1-866-337-7705 should they have any questions and our call centre staff will walk them through the application. Patients should consult the published instructions when filling out the form: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/guidance-document-completing-production-own-medical-purposes-and-production-designated-person-registration-form.html

Although not required by the regulations, patients may voluntarily provide a proof of address (driver’s licence, copy of utility statement, something that links their name to their address and/or the address that they are registering as their production site) along with their registration package to assist our reviewers in processing the application.

Processing times are improving as a result of the addition of personnel to the registration centre. The number of active and valid registrations has increased from 6,880 at the end of June 2017, to 10,547 registrations as of August 31, 2017, an increase of 53% in a two-month time period. Health Canada continues to examine ways to process applications more efficiently and to better inform the public about what must be included in an application package. We are also working on developing service standards.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about the issues faced by individuals accessing cannabis for medical purposes.

 

The following is the content of the original request from the CTCP Society

 

Thanks again for adding us to the Stakeholder Organization list.

I am contacting you on behalf of the CTCP Society and all of the sick, disabled and terminally ill citizens that rely on cannabis as their medicine of choice.

I continue to get many complaints about the ongoing processing issues and now, another new issue.

Ongoing issues

  • Renewals not arriving in a timely manner (certificate expires before renewal arrives)
  • Continued delays in processing new applications (some in process for over 6 months)

New Issues - Help line workers

  • patients are complaining about the repetitive answers not being helpful
  • some phone line workers seem to be lacking compassion and patience
  • rude behavior such as blunt remarks followed by disconnection

I know you are working hard to address these issues but I need some good information that I can pass on to help reassure these very concerned patients who are often coping with health issues that are aggravated by stress.

I noticed that the FY 2017-18 Q1 market data has been posted. Unfortunately it ends in June so we cannot see the past 10 weeks data.

If you could, would you mind sending me whatever up to date data you can share related to turnaround times?

  • details about staffing levels, incremental improvements, projections for next month, quarter, year etc.
  • suggestions for patients on how they can help speed things up from their end
  • improving access to relevant information to front line phone staff that is helpful to patients
  • a commitment to address issues with the communication skills of some front line phone staff

I know you are busy and I may be asking a lot but some patients are discouraged to the point of despair. They need reassurance that there is some hope that things are improving and will continue to improve.

Any kind of data or possibly a statement that can be passed on would be greatly appreciated.

I am on your side. We have the best medical cannabis program in the world. Ongoing issues detract from that message.

I acknowledge the challenges faced by the O.M.C. and want to help. Give me something reassuring to tell the patients.

Thanks for your understanding Sarah, I appreciate anything you can do.

Best Regards,

Ross Middleton - Secretary - Canadian Therapeutic Cannabis Partners Society

 

Follow up request

 

Looking forward to your reply to my previous email.

I would like to add another question if I may.

Why are some patients with applications that have been in process for up to 7 months suddenly being asked for copies of I.D. like health cards?

Doctors always verify the identity of the person they are authorizing before they sign.

Thanks so much !!

Ross - CTCP Society

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