Burnaby seniors face 'significant barriers' in accessing medical cannabis

Special event on Sept. 26 will tackle this issue

Medical cannabis may not be the solution for everyone, but many people have claimed it has and is providing them with positive benefits.

But when it comes to seniors, accessing medical cannabis isn’t so easy, according to the North Fraser chapter of CARP, a seniors advocacy group.

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That’s why CARP has organized a special public meeting for seniors on the topic.

It’s set for Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Scandinavian Centre, 6540 Thomas St., from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Many seniors may face significant barriers when it comes to access and knowledge concerning the therapeutic value of medical cannabis,” said. Dr. Mark Ware, chief medical officer, Canopy Growth, an Ontario-based cannabis company, in a news release.

According to CARP, research on medical cannabis is limited, but suggests it may displace potentially less desirable therapeutics concerning such conditions such as:

  • Neuropathic pain 
  • Nausea, vomiting caused by cancer or chemotherapy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease and a wide variety of other illnesses

The CARP North Fraser Chapter is providing the opportunity for adults to listen and ask questions to a variety of knowledgeable speakers who specializing or have knowledge on the topic of medical cannabis. 

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Schvimer, community engagement specialist, Spectrum Therapeutics/Canopy Growth.
  • David Yamamoto, medical cannabis education, Concord Medical Centre.
  • Christine Basque, executive director, the Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division.

Register by email to NorthFraser@CARP.caor call 604-367-0012 and leave a message.

CARP is Canada’s largest non-profit and non-partisan advocacy association for older Canadians, with more than 320,000 members.

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