Dana Larsen urges members to vote against CAMCD plan:”Dispensaries are indispensable”

Unsurprisingly, I fall on the side of resistance.

I am a founding member of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD).

We represent about 30 dispensaries across Canada, mostly in BC.

I’m not currently on the CAMCD Board of Directors, but my dispensary, The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, is a member. I am concerned about the direction that our team is taking.

The board would like to change our name to eliminate the word “ dispensaries and the word “ medical ”. ”

They’re also pushing all member dispensaries apply for a legal license before reopening and to shut down.

Member dispensaries who don’t comply with the rules would be kicked from CAMCD.

I think these are all bad thoughts!

We’ve got a meeting on Friday to vote on this strategy.

Our motto has always been “patients ” but this strategy doesn’t put patients first.

Let’s Put Patients First

The legalization” laws coming on Oct 17 will do nothing to change or improve access for cannabis patients. Medical users will still need to go through the system of purchasing cannabis in the mail from an LP, and I expect doctors will be more reluctant to sign prescriptions because they will just direct patients to the legal market. Regrettably, the legal cannabis market will be inadequate for patients.

Patients receive no tax breaks. Prices for cannabis will be higher than the current prices. Discounts that are medical pricing and free access for those in need will all be completely forbidden. Extracts and edibles all may also be forbidden to patients. These forthcoming changes to the cannabis laws are all putting patients dead!

We know that cannabis’ medicinal value lies in extracts. I am not willing to turn my back until the government eventually gets their regulations . That won’t be until 2020 longer.

Plus, who knows what sort of system they will put in place for extracts and edibles? I m sure they will be severely restricted, heavily taxed, expensive, restricted in potency, and hard to get. Medical patients won’t receive access or any discounts. I guarantee that regulations and the laws they place on extracts won’t put patients first!

I m frustrated that some CAMCD dispensaries look so willing to abandon patients and eliminate their access to extracts, cannabis edibles, capsules, suppositories and the forms of this medicine.

I think that means staying open, standing firm, and continuing to provide a continuum of care.

We Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

There has been a whole lot of fear-mongering from governments about cannabis enforcement that is coming, but I believe it’s mainly bark and not bite. We must not let the government bluff dispensaries into abandoning our patients and shutting down.

If they could close down dispensaries, they would have done so. They’ve attempted in many jurisdictions and repeatedly failed.

We can endure for a long time to come if we stand united and strong.

Dispensaries never opening their doors and probably that shut down will be giving up without a fight.

Nothing changes on Oct 17 that will make it any easier for police unless we let them fool us into shutting down ourselves, to close a dispensary! We are being our own worst enemy .

There’s only going to be one legal cannabis shop in all of BC on October 17. In Kamloops.

There s just 100 applications in the machine for the whole province. Minister Farnworth told the media before the whole system is set up it could be two to three years! It could take longer.

Dispensaries will still be required and play a vital role in access for many years to come.

Many Dispensaries Could ’t Get Legal Permits

The chances are very much against any dispensary getting a legal license. I’m sure some dispensaries will have the ability to transition into selling presealed that is lawful buds for profit margins, but the huge majority simply won’t be able to do so no matter how hard they try.

Zoning limitations mean that the huge majority of existing dispensaries can’t ever get a license.

The rules will limit the number of cannabis stores, as they do in other jurisdictions, Victoria, and Vancouver.

Vancouver’s current bylaws make it so that at two dozen dispensaries can be held by the city. Other cities have similar limitations, or bans on cannabis stores. And as we’ve seen, the dispensaries that got licenses were often new ones that hadn’t even opened yet, while longstanding dispensaries with powerful CAMCD affiliation, such as the BCCCS and many others, were completely unable to have a city license no matter what they did.

As we’ve seen from the beginning united we can defy the city and the province. Oct 17 changes on. This isn’t the time to cave in and shut down.

If we willingly shut ’ re walking we’ve built in many cities across Canada.

My dispensaries continue to give access, and will concentrate on putting patients first. I hope CAMCD will concentrate on protecting.

This suggestion invite our member dispensaries to shut down and to take “ dispensaries and “ medical ” ” from our name strikes right at the core of our “ patients first ” doctrine.

CAMCD is the strongest and most recognized voice that there is for patients and the dispensaries that serve them. If this group which I co-founded determines to abandon patients at this time that is crucial, I’ll be very disappointed.

I think we must stand firm. Medical cannabis dispensaries are required more than ever.


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Released at Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:39:00 +0000

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