Last updated on: 5/15/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Canadian AIDS Society Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Thousands of seriously ill Canadians who find relief from medical marijuana still have to hope that they can find a supportive doctor to access the federal government’s program…

Even if they manage to find a supportive physician and obtain an authorization to possess medical marijuana, their choice of a legal supply is limited. The Society has repeatedly asked for Health Canada to expand the distribution of medical marijuana to allow designated growers to grow for many authorized medical users. The new regulations do not allow for that. In fact, Health Canada’s vision is to phase out issuing licenses to grow starting in 2007…

The Canadian AIDS Society believes that seriously ill Canadians have a right to a safe and affordable therapy of their choice without fear of prosecution.”

“Medical Marihuana Access Regulations: Missed Opportunity,” Canadian Aids Society press release, June 29, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Registered as a charity since 1988, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of over 125 community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. We are dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS.

We advocate on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitate the development of programs, services and resources for our member groups, and provide a national framework for community-based participation in Canada’s response to AIDS.”

“About the Canadian AIDS Society,” cdnaids.ca (accessed May 15, 2008)

Mission:

“We seek to accomplish our mission by:

  • promoting education and awareness
  • mobilizing communities
  • advocating at the federal public policy level
  • providing information and resources”

“About the Canadian AIDS Society,” cdnaids.ca (accessed May 15, 2008)

Other:
Canadian registered charity
Quoted in:
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