Medicann – which operates clinics in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man – recently posted a statement on Facebook after what she described as a “potential problem” affecting one of her clinics.
The company stressed that it was not acceptable to obtain multiple prescriptions from different sources simultaneously and advised patients currently obtaining prescriptions from the UK not to attempt to obtain one from Medicann until they are ready to move to a local clinic and pharmacy.
A spokesperson for Medicann told the JEP that it would take a “zero tolerance” approach to anyone who attempted to abuse its products or services.
The company statement continued, “Medicinal cannabis is a regulated drug and, as such, should be treated with the same respect and caution as other drugs. Our expert doctors take great care to prescribe the right products in the right doses and in the right amount. It is unacceptable for someone to try to get double the drug by being sneaky and could result in patients being banned from the clinic (s). Our team at Medicann has one main goal, which is to support and help people access medicinal cannabis for treatment and care. We will not tolerate any form of abuse of our service and will take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our staff and patients.
While the statement was not produced in response to comments made by police and customs last week, it follows intelligence gathered by Jersey Customs suggesting that efforts had been made on the island to sell prescription drugs to others. And although Police Chief Robin Smith said they had not received any complaints, he said he believed it was “inevitable” that they would in the future.
A Medicann spokesperson said: ‘[Our] clinics have yet to see any reason to revoke a patient’s eligibility to access medicinal cannabis. However, that would indeed be a step we would take if we deemed it necessary. As a clinic, our culture is to mitigate the abuse of medicinal cannabis and apply strict prescription measures; quantity, product, strength, etc.
“Some people just won’t be eligible and so we deny access to some, but for those who are eligible we are in the same situation as any doctor prescribing drugs: you have to trust the integrity of your patients. . “
LV Pharmacy, with which Medicann is a partner, said it works under strict protocols when distributing medicinal cannabis. A spokesperson said: “Our medicines are audited and, speaking with Chief Pharmacist Paul McCabe, we are convinced that the abuse of medicinal cannabis through duplicate or simultaneous prescriptions, or over-prescribing, would be highlighted and treated accordingly.
“At the end of the day, we treat medicinal cannabis and the patients who come to us to collect their prescriptions with the same level of safety and care as we do with all controlled drugs.”