We’re going to be rolling out two new regular columns for our blog over the next couple weeks, and we wanted to share the ideas with you now so that you can help us do them right.
The first column will be called MMJQ&A. It’s a simple ‘Question and Answer’ type of column where you send us questions, and we find the answers for you. What types of questions? Here are some topics we’ve been thinking about:
- MMPR (How do I access Canada’s new MMPR program? How do I register with licensed producers? How do I order? Why does licensed producer X make me submit this paperwork?).
- Dispensaries (How do dispensaries work in Canada? How do I buy from one? Are they legal? etc)
- Strains (Why are there so many different strains? How do I know a strain has the qualities it’s alleged to have? What is the history of a particular strain? Who develops new strains?)
- Licensed Producers (How do I become a licensed producer? What is the application process like?)
- Legal (Am I still legal under the MMAR? How do I prove I’m a legal patient under the MMPR? Can I use medical marijuana if I have a criminal record?)
- Medical (How do I talk to my doctor about medical marijuana? Which strain is right for my medical condition?)
So how will this column work exactly? Simply email us your questions at email@example.com and we’ll reach out to our network of Canada’s leading medical marijuana experts (doctors, lawyers, scientists & labs, dispensary owners, strain breeders, activists, licensed producers, applicants, and consultants) to find the answers that we’ll then post to our blog for everyone to learn from.
The second column we’ll be rolling out is called Patient Voices. Our goal here is threefold:
- To highlight the struggles and triumphs of medical marijuana users in Canada on a personal level so that other patients can compare their own experiences and relate.
- To provide non-patients with a better understanding of how the day-to-day lives of patients are impacted by medical marijuana and the current regulations surrounding it.
- We hope that giving patients a platform to voice their experiences will compel municipal, provincial and federal governments to take note of what’s working and what isn’t, and then take action to make access easier and medical marijuana more affordable (while maintaining the high quality that patients have come to expect).
The Patient Voices column will work similarly to the MMJQ&A column, where you will start the conversation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story. This can be anything from a general discussion regarding how medical marijuana has helped your medical condition, to a good/bad experience you had purchasing from a dispensary or licensed producer. From there we may want to ask some follow-up questions or highlight a particular part of your story. Then once the conversation is complete, we’ll publish your story to our blog (Note that we will keep your identity private if you wish).
In order to kick off the Patient Voices and to continue to raise awareness about our Get Happy Canada contest (which ends July 18!!!), we’re holding a Facebook contest this week. Share your story about how medical marijuana has helped you on our Facebook page, and we’ll choose one that has particularly resonated with us and send that person a free vaporizer. Good deal, right? We thought so. Head on over to our Facebook page to learn more: www.facebook.com/liftcann.
If you have any questions or thoughts about any of the above, leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com. And remember: We need to work together on this. We’re working hard at Lift to provide a platform that will help ensure our nation’s medical marijuana program is held to the highest standards and is accountable to its users - but it's your voice and participation that will ultimately make it a success for everyone.