While the Canadian government prepares to legalize recreational cannabis nationwide by July 2018, the country already has a long history with medical marijuana. Their system has been in place for over 15 years now, but it has only recently been transformed into the lucrative industry that it is today.
The number of patients signing up for medical cannabis tripled in just one year’s time, and some companies are even offering medical cannabis access on their health insurance plans. Serving as a go-between the doctors, patients, and marijuana producers are specialty clinics, and they’ve been reaping the benefits of this bustling market.
These select clinics operate by taking referrals from doctors and setting up patient consultations with the physicians, who then write prescriptions for medical cannabis. The staff also provides education on marijuana and connects qualifying users with licensed companies. However, a number of specialty clinics receive payment from these producers, which has led to questions concerning the medical ethics of their practice.
Through the Canadian Cannabis Clinics, a handful of licensed producers pay a counseling service called…