Medical marijuana prescription 'gap' challenged

The ability of people to fill medical marijuana prescriptions directly with a government-approved grower, rather than a pharmacist, creates difficulty for physicians trying to keep tabs on a patient, says the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick.

Dr. Ed Schollenberg, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, opposes the medical marijuana dispensing system, approved by the federal government, which gives patients a direct route to the approved drug suppliers. (CBC)

"We end up with a gap in the information that's available to us if there's a problem," said Dr. Ed Schollenberg. "And more specifically, a gap in the information that might be available to a physician if there might be a problem."

A Fredericton family went public on Monday with questions about medical marijuana prescriptions after Steve Saunders, a 53-year-old businessman, husband and father, committed suicide about one year after receiving...

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