Veterans Affairs Canada have provided the figures of the amount of retired soldiers obtaining medical marijuana from the government. They saw a 15-fold increase over just three years, with a 50-time cost increase.
In 2013, only 112 veterans were on the plan. Currently, the federal government covers the medical marijuana prescriptions for 1,762 veterans across the country. The cost has increased from $400,000 to $20 million – a 5,000 percent increase.
Justin Ling, investigative journalist at VICE Canada joins the morning show to discuss the correlation between the legalization of marijuana and the Veterans.