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Canada’s medical marijuana business is growing corrupt, says one producer

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Canada's medical marijuana Canada’s medical marijuana industry is showing signs of corruption, says one producer.

The CEO of Nanaimo medical marijuana producer Tilray says a lack of regulation is leading to doctors taking kickbacks from producers for referring patients or for issuing medical documents.

“The practice of providing physicians with financial incentives for these activities not only represents a violation of the professional standards by which physicians must abide, but also brings the entire Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) regime and its patients into disrepute,” said the company today.

Tilray says the situation has led it to part ways with the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) and spearhead the establishment of a new organization called the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC).

“We are tremendously disappointed to end our relationship with CMCIA but we have lost confidence in the association’s ability to effectively define and enforce standards of behaviour for our industry,” says Tilray CEO Greg Engel. “By failing to adopt a Code of Ethics that mandates a verifiable commitment to safety, transparency and avoidance of conflicts of interest, CMCIA is failing to serve the best interests of Canada’s medical cannabis patients.”

The company says the CMCC will be based in Toronto and will be open to all who abide by the group’s Code of Ethics.

On April 1st of last year, new rules were introduced that changed the Canadian government’s approach to marijuana and laid the groundwork for what many think is the inevitable legalization of the substance here. In the meantime, a half-step was taken. Under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), Health Canada no longer supplies marijuana to those with a proven medical need but instead has tasked licensed commercial producers to do so.

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Nick Waddell
Cantech Letter founder and editor Nick Waddell has lived in five Canadian provinces and is proud of his country's often overlooked contributions to the world of science and technology. Waddell takes a regular shift on the Canadian media circuit, making appearances on CTV, CBC and BNN, and contributing to publications such as Canadian Business and Business Insider.

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  1. It’s a vegetable made lucrative first by laws then organized crime and now healthcare professionals. Don’t pay no heed, grow it in your garden. You have every right under nature’s law, which is not corrupted by greed. Plug up their corrupt courts with a million gardening cases and eventually they will leave us to our healthy pursuits without because victims of the crafty greedy fraud artists. Take a chance and live your rights.

  2. Wonder what he talking about . Ugly American go back where you came from . How does a non Canadian get one of the first licences in Canada.. Before yelling the word corruption maybe have a look in the mirror.

  3. Did I just read “GROWING” corrupt? Uhm, ROT starts at the TOP, Buds………..

    This comm RACKET was corrupt at it’s inception, hands down. Greedy monopolizing wannabees ready to throw the Canadian Charter & 35,000,000 Canadians UNDER THE CANNIBUS just to hold some artificial control over a simple FREE ditch weed..

    My goodness, Darwin Award thespians…. get a life – NOT MY LIFE – your own…

  4. Tilray and Privateer Holdings saying someone else is corrupt is like “the pot calling the kettle black”…

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