Sunday, 4 December 2016
Opioids: Approved ~ Cannabis: Denied
Over the past few years, Canadian Veterans have learned a lot about pot. Mostly from one another, or other grassroots-minded friends or relatives. Over the past year, so many Veterans have been educated on, experienced, and realized the benefits of Cannabis that the spike in use has alerted the officials. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was shocked to see the math. I guess he hasn't heard: the Veterans want plants not pills.
I'd love to know how long it took them to decide to cap coverage to a measly 3 grams per day maxed at $8.50 per gram. That's $6.50 less per gram than what VA was usually paying prior to this. And, some producers have assured their Veteran patients that they can remain using the same trusted strains, as they'll gladly absorb the difference. Wow. That's some profit margin. That's like quadruple the profit margin that's in a Hyundai Accent for frig's sake! But you must understand, they're supplying us with medicine that none of us can be trusted to grow safely ourselves. Oh the smoke-screen is thick. Must be all those Health Canada approved pesticides left in the bud! That is, if you can keep it lit! But I digress. I want to know how long it took them to cap coverage when people have been dying from Opioid deaths in every province for years now, and no one is capping coverage for the reverse-engineered heroin!!
I demand that Kent Hehr do the math again, this time including all of the variables, carrying all of the 1's. The average Veteran has been prescribed dozens of pharmaceuticals, all covered by VA. Many of those meds are to treat the side effects of the first ones. Many disrupt bodily processes. Many disrupt peace of mind, the one thing they're supposed to treat. But that's the thing isn't it? As yet, we don't have any pharmaceuticals for which the sole purpose and treatment is PTSD. That's how complex it is, even the white-coats haven't figured out how to treat it. And they're pissed that this plant does. They're also pissed that patients everywhere are ripping up scripts and lighting up doobs. Let's be clear, Cannabis is replacing Pharmaceuticals. Maybe we need to check stock portfolios of those making the rules here. What is it to anyone what a patient uses to ease his or her illness?
This plant helps all of the body's processes because each of us has a naturally occurring receptor system that accepts its compounds. This system also accepts hormone-like compounds made within our bodies, but shaped like cannabinoids. I dare say, anthropologically speaking, we're meant to use this plant. And anthropologically speaking, we are not meant to take pills made in petrie dishes in a lab! Yet we're allowing them to make it so. We're allowing them to remove our right to use what we believe works, because of financial disparity? Not good enough. I and millions like me still believe that profit should have no place in healthcare or medicine.
Whichever stamp the VA worker uses: APPROVED or DENIED, are they really able to separate themselves from the human who's life they've affected? Do they hear the Veterans that say,
"I can't believe the emotion I feel now, or the sleep that I get now, or the dreams that no longer disrupt my days now that I'm using this plant." Can our Honourable Minister Hehr hear these words?
A few weeks ago we once again, in countrywide accordance, vowed to never forget. It seems we have some poor memories in Parliament. You're forgetting every time you ignore another Veteran's plea for coverage of Cannabinoids. You're forgetting every time you side with capitalism instead of with our heroes. You're forgetting every single day that you allow the Legalization task force to drag their feet. Remembering what our Veterans have done for us, is legalizing and encouraging gardens for heroes, and covering all the costs.