Health Canada Wants Medical Marijuana Suppliers To Share Info On Doctors And Patients

CANADA:  Canada’s health regulator is proposing new rules to prevent abuse of the medical marijuana system by patients and doctors.

Health Canada is proposing that licensed commercial medical marijuana suppliers be required to periodically hand over to provincial authorities records showing the names of doctors who have authorized marijuana use, as well as basic information about their patients, including the quantities prescribed to them and period of use.

These measures, officials say, will help to monitor for and prevent doctors from prescribing “high dosages” and patients from going to more than one doctor to get prescriptions (“double doctoring”) or going to more than one producer.

Officials say the proposed rules are in keeping with existing provincial and territorial prescription-monitoring programs for controlled substances.

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