Founded in 2014, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM)/Canadiens pour l’accès équitable à la marijuana médicale (CAEMM) is a federal non-profit, patient-run organization dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients. CFAMM’s goal is to enable patients to obtain fair and safe access to medical cannabis with a special focus on affordability, including private and public insurance coverage.
We believe that when medically indicated, cannabis/marijuana should be: accessible, safe, affordable, reliable, and equally recognized as a prescription medication.
Why medical “marijuana” instead of “cannabis” in CFAMM’s name?
At the time CFAMM was founded, the Government of Canada, the medical marijuana access regime (MMPR), and much of the patient community used the terminology “medical marijuana”. The term “medical cannabis” refers to the scientific name for the plant and was even listed as a medicine in the United States Pharmacopeia prior to prohibition. We now prefer to use the term “cannabis” wherever possible in an effort to more accurately describe the plant and reduce potential for stigma associated with term “marijuana”.