OTTAWA - The cost to federal taxpayers of providing medical marijuana to injured soldiers increased by 10 times in the current budget year to $4.3 million, according to figures released by the Veterans Affairs department.
Here is a look at some of the facts and statistics:
—601: veterans enrolled in 2014-15.
—116: veterans enrolled in 2013-14.
—64: veterans enrolled in 2012-13.
—$4.3-million: cost of the program 2014-15 (to March 1, 2015).
—$416,784: cost of the program in 2013-14.
—$353,000: cost of the program in 2012-13.
—$9-$15: current cost per gram of medical marijuana from licensed producers.
—$5: cost per gram under the Health Canada guaranteed system, which was abolished on April 1, 2015.
—2008: Veterans Affairs approves new policy allowing it to cover the costs of meducal marijuana for eligible veterans approved by Health Canada.
—2007: Veterans Affairs approves payment of medical marijuana for one client in exceptional case.
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada and public accounts records.