The medical marijuana program in Canada is on trial this week, as patients are fighting the new laws that were adopted by the federal government in April 2014. The new program run by Health Canada, known as the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), eliminates the patients’ right to cultivate, and forces them to register with a government-licensed producer.
The idea behind this shift in policy revolves around preventing criminal operations from distributing untested and potentially unsafe cannabis to patients on the illicit market. The government may not have realized that this change would put some patients in a tough position.
In March 2014, just before the new MMPR rules were enacted, a temporary injunction was granted to allow patients to continue growing until this case could be heard in court. The patients who filed it cited many reasons including how the cost may become too expensive for many patients to afford to purchase from commercial growers, and that being forced to switch to a different strain may not treat their condition as effectively.
While growing their own may be important to some, that is not the case for all. Not all patients have the time and resources to cultivate their own medicine. Some patients are looking for high quality medicine without the hassle of growing it themselves, and one Quebec-based medical marijuana producer seems to be placing itself in the right position to meet the needs of these patients.
The Hydropothecary has evolved it’s already above-and-beyond style of customer service to include some new and unique amenities for patients. The Hydropothecary customer service team already offers to pick up the prescription and application from registering patients who live a busy lifestyle, so that they do not even have to take the time to mail the paperwork.
Now they also provide a 24 hour information hotline as a resource for patients. Patients will reach a friendly, knowledgeable customer service agent on the other line, no matter what time it is, who can answer their medical marijuana questions.
Once registered, patients are provided a sleek, black membership card like the one below.
Guaranteeing patients that their medicine will always be in stock, no matter what, is another promise made by The Hydropothecary. Each time a patient registers, the team immediately reserves the required amount of medicine, so that there is never risk of running out of product.
In an effort to maintain each patients’ privacy, the medicine is shipped discreetly at no cost to the patient. The Hydropothecary also boasts that the deliveries can be made at any time, including evenings and weekends, to meet the scheduling needs of all patients.
The Hydropothecary even eliminates the need for patients to spend time researching strain names, and desired effects because only four strains are offered, and all are named in coordination with the time of day it will be administered. The strains are Good Morning, Midday, After Dinner, and Bedtime.
The trial over the right to cultivate at home is expected to last for weeks. In the meantime, those patients who choose to, are permitted to continue growing their own, and it appears as though The Hydropothecary is available to help the patients who would prefer to have their medicine delivered to their door without any hassle.