I agree, cannabis is a drug, just as is nicotine, aspirin, caffeine, alcohol, Sativex, morphine, codeine, not to mention all of the other chemicals we feed our bodies in the hopes of better health or addictive fix. It's the stigmatization of these drugs that bring about their elicit err. Oxycontin has been proven to be far worse a drug than pot, but it's socially acceptable because society has deemed it so. Marijuana is slowly becoming an acceptable drug, but it's still frowned upon due mostly in part to the delusional image of a hippie culture burnout smoking a joint whilst protesting the suit and tie establishment. I would have thought that most (educated) doctors wouldn't succumb so easily to projecting bias stereotypes upon their patients.
Or maybe BigPharma is working overtime convincing doctors that cannabis is not a medicine, this little colored pill is.
And you're right, it's all about getting in touch with the right people. As I've written, some docs are dead set against it, others are cautiously optimistic, yet all of them preferring to conjure ill conceived legal excuses.
But what about my legal issues, and more importantly, health issues. Doctors refuse to prescribe me Sativex because they could encounter ensuing legal difficulties. They refuse to endorse medical marijuana because of other unfounded legal issues. My health, well being, education, employment, everything at risk for sake of my untreated MS. I purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries in the Vancouver region, illegally possessing marijuana which could have me facing criminal charges.
Objectively however, doctors do not face legal issues, the CMPA (Canadian Medical Protective Association) protects them. There is a 'Waiver of Liability' form that accompanies the Health Canada MMAR (Medical Marijuana Access Regulations) form. Sativex holds prescription requirements equivalent to that of Tylenol 3 with Codeine, not requiring special prescribing privileges.
But it's not only the medications, there's the support system too. Doctors can't fill out the 'Verification of Permanent Disability Form for Student Aid BC', they could be sued. Can't fill out the Revenue Canada T-2201 Disability Tax Credit, could be sued. Can't provide referrals, they could be sued. Can't even provide a doctors note to indicate that I was at an appointment and missed a class at college or university, sued for that. Health Insurance forms, those will get them sued.
Honestly, I'm less than a dozen doctors away from giving up on this country, it's elected officials and social support services ignore the difficulties of MS patients, just like the doctors.