My response to David Asper following his criticism of CMA

Conservative businessman David Asper recently criticized the CMA for declining to endorse the federal government’s anti-pot campaign.

While we share concerns about the public health implications of marijuana use (particularly in young people) and we also have unresolved questions about medical marijuana, the CMA, together with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians felt that the issue had become a political football. In addition, the request issued for us to sign a confidentiality agreement would have impaired our ability to speak freely about the campaign or its content. 

Click right here to read my reply to Mr. Asper – published Aug 27, 2014 in the National Post.

1 Comment

  1. I have been a Christian pastor for over 25 years, I have a son with serious mental health issues and is a quadriplegic as a result of his mental illness. I have two parents diagnosed with Alzhimers and so I have had a passion for years about palliative care issues and of more recent dying with dignity issues and what all of that means.

    I believe the solution is simple and already in place. An individual can simply at any time refuse any and all medical intervention which also includes administering their own medication. This is not an issue to be decided by the government as their generalized policies do not equate to the best decision for the patient. Doctors have a hypocric oath which continues to call for medical intervention as a life saving measure, not a life taking measure.

    The responsibility falls on the patient who if they are not on medication, then I would question the need for such discussion. However, someone with a life debilitating illness, like cancer, ALS, Parkinsons and so on, can simply with their family make the decision to refuse further medical intervention including not taking their prescription medication prescribed by the doctor.

    Suffering is a part of the human condition. The question should never be how do we elevate the suffering, but how do we support people in their suffering? Palliative care in most of Ontario is in great need of a qualitative protocol. In the community I live in the hospital puts the person in the library of the Nursing Home when they are in their last days of expiring.

    The focus needs to change from how do we elevate suffering to how do we maintain quality of life in their last days/months of care?

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