Canadians for Safe Access was formed in 2003 as the first medical cannabis patient’s rights group in Canada in order to provide a strong, unified voice for Canadian medical cannabis patients, and their friends, families, and supporters.
Over the years we’ve worked hard to inform the public, press and policy-makers about the potential benefits of medical cannabis, to advocate for access to a supply of high quality and affordable cannabis, and to ensure that the rights of patients who could benefit from its use were respected and reflected in Health Canada’s medical cannabis regulations.
Other patient-centered organizations have come to the fore to take on the tasks that CSA assumed so many years ago, bringing new ideas and energy to the medical cannabis patients rights’ movement. There are also some other longstanding organizations that have been advocating for patients over the years. We are strongly supportive of many of these organizations, and would now like to figuratively pass the CSA mantle on to them.
We will leave the CSA website up as an information resource for patients and a historic resource for interested public and academics, however patient queries, membership applications, and media requests should now be directed to these groups.
These groups include:
Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana. This organization has been successfully representing medical cannabis patients since 2014, with a focus on private and public insurance coverage
As the co-founders of CSA, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported the CSA over these many years – the patients and organizations who joined this important cause, the politicians who pressed for positive changes in legislation, co-founder Alison Myrden, and Deb Harper and Matt Elrod who kept the site running and relevant for so many years.
With much appreciation,
Philippe Lucas & Rielle Capler
Co-founders, Canadians for Safe Access