Press Release: CAMCD Congratulates Vancouver On Vote

Looks forward to public hearing

Vancouver, BC, April 28, 2015– Today, the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries praised Councils 10-1 vote that moved the proposed dispensary regulations to a public hearing. “We’d like to congratulate the City of Vancouver for making this historic and necessary move,” said Jamie Shaw, the group’s President. “We understand the difficulties in trying to strike a balance between all of the various stakeholders and the needs of patients.”

“Vancouver has been a world leader in drug policy and harm reduction strategies for decades, and despite major obstacles, this is another bold step in reaffirming the principles laid out in its Four-Pillar policy”, Shaw said, “we’d like to offer our support in the coming months as we try to make these regulations work for patients, dispensaries, health authorities, and the residents of this great city.”

CAMCD looks forward to including these proposed regulations at our “Setting Roots” Networking Event on April 30, 2015 in Vancouver.

CAMCD is a non-profit trade association for medical cannabis dispensaries founded in 2011. Their Dispensary Certification Program is a rigorous accreditation program developed in part with the support of the UBC SEED Project, and funded by a Peter Wall Solutions Initiative.

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If you would like more information about this topic or the “Setting Roots” Networking Event, please contact Jamie Shaw (CAMCD President) by email at info@camcd.ca.

CAMCD Launches Certification Program for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) launched its Certification Program to a packed room of dispensary operators and prospective licensed producers.  The announcement coincides with the publication of Health Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in the Canada Gazette.  The dispensary Certification Standards are available for review by interested stakeholders.

Download the CAMCD Certification Standards.

“The CAMCD Certification Program prioritizes quality patient care, due diligence, and social responsibility,” said Adam Greenblatt, CAMCD President. “Our goal is to help medical cannabis dispensaries integrate into the healthcare system and adapt to shifts in the industry.”

Medical cannabis dispensaries (aka compassion clubs) have been operating in Canada since 1996, and serve approximately 40,000 patients across Canada. Dispensaries supply a wide variety of medical cannabis products and derivatives, and provide crucial support around dosing, effective use, and harm reduction.

Despite recommendations from many stakeholders to include community-based dispensaries in the new regulations, Health Canada has opted for a mail-order only distribution system. “This will obstruct reasonable access to medical cannabis, and could result in the disruption of care for tens of thousands of Canadians,” said Mr. Greenblatt. “Dispensaries have been filling these gaps for over a decade, and our Certification Program will affirm the important role dispensaries play in the provision of medical cannabis.”

Development of the Certification Program was supported in part by a grant awarded to researchers at the University of British Columbia from the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative. “This is a thorough and rigorous program,” said Rielle Capler. SEED Project Coordinator, “We want to support dispensaries to provide the highest quality of patient care while ensuring community concerns are addressed.”

CAMCD was established to promote a regulated, community-based approach to medical cannabis access, and to support dispensaries to provide the highest quality of patient care.

 

Spring 2013 Update

1) Save the date!  CAMCD Dispensary Symposium – Toronto May 24 and Vancouver June 20

2) Become a CAMCD Supporter

3) CAMCD Certification Program Update

4) CAMCD Comments on the CG1 draft of Health Canada Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)

5) Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto May 24-26

6) International Cannabinoid Research Symposium and CCIC Continuing Medical Education in Vancouver June 21-26

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1) Save the date!  CAMCD Dispensary Symposium – Toronto May 24 and Vancouver June 20

We are pleased to announce CAMCD’s first Dispensary Symposium series.  The Symposiums are a full day events to take place in Toronto May 24, 2013 and Vancouver on June 20, 2013.

Each CAMCD Dispensary Symposium will include an information session about CAMCD’s recently launched Dispensary Certification Program, the first of its kind in Canada, and a cornerstone of CAMCD’s mandate.  This session will be presented in collaboration with the SEED Project from the University of British Columbia, which has supported the development and evaluation of the Dispensary Certification Program.  For more information about the Certification Program, visit: www.camcd-acdcm.ca/dispensary-certification.  Dispensaries will have the opportunity to register in the Certification Program at the event.

Other event workshops will focus on the integration of dispensaries into the new regulatory framework and the healthcare system in general. Event speakers will include leaders and experts of the medical cannabis industry.  The event agendas will be updated as presenters are confirmed, please follow developments via the CAMCD website, at: www.camcd-acdcm.ca/dispensary-symposium.

The Toronto CAMCD Symposium registration fee is $50.00 per person and includes a networking lunch.  If there are still spaces available on the event day, attendance will be admitted for a fee of $100.00 per person .  To reserve your spot at the Toronto CAMCD Symposium, RSVP by May 10, 2013 with payment by EMT or cheque payable to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.   Priority at the Toronto event will be given to dispensaries and individuals from Eastern Canada.

RSVP Today!

The CAMCD Dispensary Symposium will provide an excellent venue for networking with dispensary operators and other like-minded professionals, and to learn more about CAMCD’s ongoing campaigns.  CAMCD is a vehicle for dispensaries to network with one another, to formalize strategic partnerships, and to work towards common goals. Dispensaries play an invaluable role in the provision of medical cannabis. Now is the time for dispensaries to unite to increase our credibility and integrate medical cannabis into the mainstream.

Don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions or comments.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

2) Become a CAMCD Supporter

By becoming a CAMCD supporter, you will help CAMCD to carry out its mission, vision and objectives.  CAMCD is a non-profit organization that depends on donations from its members and supporters.  With an annual donation of $100.00, Support memberships contribute toward CAMCD campaigns and events and support CAMCD to promote community-based medical cannabis distribution on the national stage.

Supporters help CAMCD to pursue its campaigns and events to promote community-based medical cannabis dispensaries on the national stage.  CAMCD Supporters can register as individuals or organizations and will be listed on this page while the registration is active.  Supporters will have priority access to participate in future CAMCD campaigns and events and will be kept up-to-date via a CAMCD Supporter mailing list.

To become a CAMCD Supporter, complete the registration form: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/become-a-camcd-supporter/.

 

3) CAMCD Certification Program Update

The CAMCD Certification Program is underway with 4 dispensaries currently participating in the first phase of the program.  Dispensaries can distinguish themselves as industry leaders by being among the first to become certified by the CAMCD Certification Program, the first of its kind in Canada.  For more information, or to find out how to apply, visit the CAMCD website or contact CAMCD by email: info@camcd.ca

http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/dispensary-certification/

 

4) CAMCD Submission to Health Canada

CAMCD submitted comments during Health Canada’s recent consultation period for the proposed Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

View the CAMCD submission: http://cannarx.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CAMCD-CG1-Comments.pdf

CAMCD is awaiting the second draft of the MMPR, to be published in Canada Gazette Part II this spring.  For the most up-to-date information, check the Health Canada website:  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/legislation/gazette2-eng.php

 

5) Treating Yourself Expo Toronto May 24-26

Treating Yourself magazine is hosting its 4th Annual Treating Yourself Expo on May 24 – 26, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Treating Yourself Magazine’s 4th Annual Expo promises to be a world stage like no other seen before in Canada, offering three days of networking, learning, advertising, and vending in an interactive, inclusive environment.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet medical cannabis representatives from across Canada and the world.

More information can be found on the TY Expo website: http://www.treatingyourselfexpo.com/

 

6) International Cannabinoid Research Symposium and CCIC Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice: CME Event in Vancouver June 21-25

The 23rd Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) will take place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver June 21-25, 2013.  Several CAMCD representatives will be attending.

In partnership with the ICRS, the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) is hosting a Continuing Medical Education Event: Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice June 21st at UBC.

Visit the event websites for more information:   http://www.icrs2013.org/ and http://www.ccic.net/index.php?id=261,782,0,0,1,0

Winter 2013 CAMCD Update

1) Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Concerned About Quality of Patient Care Under Proposed Regulations

2) List of Dispensaries Currently “In Certification Process”

3) CAMCD announces new Chief Operating Officer

4) Five BC Cannabis Policy Reform Advocates Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

5) Americans for Safe Access National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference

6) R vs. Mernagh Ontario Court of Appeal Decision

 

 

1) Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Concerned About Quality of Patient Care Under Proposed Regulations

On December 15th 2012 the Canadian Government released the proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).  The proposed MMPR can be found here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2012/2012-12-15/html/reg4-eng.html

 

Health Canada’s consultation period is open until February 28, 2013.  To send your feedback to Health Canada, use the following contact information:
Medical Marihuana Regulatory Reform
Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Address locator AL3503D
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9

Fax: 613-941-7240
Email:consultations-marihuana@hc-sc.gc.ca

 

CAMCD’s response can be found here:

http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2012/12/medical-marijuana-dispensaries-concerned-about-quality-of-patient-care-under-proposed-regulations/

 

CAMCD is receiving input from dispensaries and other stakeholders to help guide the CAMCD response to Health Canada for the current consultation period.  Please submit comments to CAMCD as soon as possible.  Details can be found on the CAMCD website:

http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2013/01/829/

 

2) List of Dispensaries Currently “In Certification Process”

As of January 1 2013, there are 3 dispensaries participating in the CAMCD Certification Program: the BC Compassion Club Society (Vancouver), MedCannAccess (Toronto), and the Medical Cannabis Access Society (Montreal).

To keep up to date on the status of dispensaries taking part in CAMCD’s Certification Process, please visit: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/dispensary-certification/

 

3) CAMCD announces new Chief Operating Officer

CAMCD is pleased to announce that Erin Prosk is the new Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.  Ms. Prosk brings a diverse skillset and medical cannabis industry experience to CAMCD.  Ms. Prosk will be a large benefit to the team at CAMCD in what will be a pivotal year for medical cannabis dispensaries and the implementation of the CAMCD Certification Program. 

 

4) Five BC Cannabis Policy Reform Advocates Awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Five prominent cannabis policy reform advocates received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal on January 24th.  They were nominated by Senator Pierre Claude Nolin for their dedication to cannabis social justice and medical access for Canadians living with critical and chronic illness.  Senator Nolin was the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, which issued a report recommending cannabis be regulated and the government work with the medical cannabis dispensaries.  The medal is being awarded this year to 60, 000 Canadians to honour significant contributions and achievements.  The recipients include two prominent lawyers John Conroy and Kirk Tousaw, as well as all members of the CAMCD advisory board: Hilary Black, Rielle Capler, and Philippe Lucas.

 

5) Americans for Safe Access National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference

Representatives from CAMCD will be attending the upcoming Americans for Safe Access Conference February 22-24 in Washington, DC.  For more information about the conference and details about how to register, visit the Americans for Safe Access website:

http://safeaccessnow.org/blog/conference2013/

 

6) R vs. Mernagh Ontario Court of Appeal Decision

Ontario’s Court of Appeal released its 60 page decision February 1st in the case of R vs. Mernagh.  The decision can be reviewed here:

http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions/2013/2013ONCA0067.htm

Dispensary Input Request re: the Proposed MMPR

The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is encouraged to see that a number of its recommendations have been adopted by Health Canada in their proposed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), but there are still gaps to be filled.

You can view the proposed MMPR here: http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2012/2012-12-15/html/reg4-eng.html

Health Canada is accepting comments on the proposed MMPR until February 28, 2013. CAMCD will be submitting comments and would appreciate the input of medical cannabis dispensaries across Canada to aid us in developing a representative response.

We are requesting that interested dispensaries send their comments to CAMCD by January 31, 2013 to provide us time to review the comments and integrate them into a single document. Dispensaries can either send a complete commentary on the proposed MMPR, or a simple list of pros and cons.

Dispensaries can send their comments to:
info@camcd.ca
Subject: MMPR comments

Additionally, CAMCD encourages dispensaries to send their own comments to Health Canada by the February 28, 2013 deadline.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CAMCD is excited to announce the launch of the CAMCD Certification Program for MCDs

Apply today!

Applications will be accepted starting today and must be submitted with the program registration fee of $1600, payable by cheque, certified money order, or email money transfer. This initial fee covers the application fee and the self-assessment phase of the program. Any applicant that is found to be ineligible will be issued a refund of the admittance fee excluding the nonrefundable application fee of $150.

The Application Form and Cover letter are available for download by clicking here.

CAMCD Dispensary Certification gives patients, physicians and stakeholders peace of mind that the certified dispensary is professional, responsible and taking part in a national dialogue around medical cannabis regulations. The CAMCD Certification Program brings renewed legitimacy and oversight to dispensaries, helping to cement the medical cannabis sector as an important part of Canada’s economy.

The CAMCD Certification Program is a rigorous accreditation program for medical cannabis dispensaries, the first of its kind in Canada. CAMCD invites dispensaries that are currently in operation, as well as groups and individuals who are interested in opening a dispensary, to participate in this unique opportunity to become certified dispensaries. Program participants will be listed by a verifiable link on the CAMCD website and will set themselves apart as leaders in the medical cannabis industry.

The CAMCD Certification Program consists of three progressive phases as participants work towards satisfying all CAMCD dispensary standards: A self-assessment phase followed by two on-site surveys to achieve a one-year certification followed by a three-year certification. Program participants will receive support and feedback throughout the process.

October 2012 CAMCD Update

1) Get Certified! Join CAMCD!
2) CAMCD needs a COO! Apply today!
3) CAMCD now lobbying in BC and ON
4) CAMCD Standards and Certification consultation results
5) Tax expert opinion on applicability of GST/HST to medical cannabis

1) Get Certified! Join CAMCD!

CAMCD is pleased to announce that starting November 15th 2012, medical cannabis dispensaries in Canada can apply for CAMCD certification!

Our Standards and Certification Program (SCP) offers medical cannabis dispensaries the opportunity to become accredited.

The development and evaluation of this program is being supported by the Standards, Engagement, Evaluation and Dissemination (SEED) Project through a grant from the Peter Wall Solutions Initiative at the University of British Columbia. Standards have been developed with input from dispensaries, patients, health care professionals, and community stakeholders including policy makers at various levels of government.

Accreditation is essential for increasing the legitimacy of medical cannabis dispensaries and integrating our budding sector into the greater economy. Our SCP will support dispensaries in improving the quality of patient care they deliver. Accreditation will also enhance the support of dispensaries among key stakeholders such as: patients, health care professionals, government, and law enforcement. Results of a survey conducted during the CAMCD/SEED project consultations indicate that policy makers and healthcare professionals’ support for medical cannabis dispensaries would increase if dispensaries were certified.

CAMCD certification will help patients and their health care providers identify the professional, patient-centered medical cannabis dispensaries nearest them. Patients can rest assured that a certified medical cannabis dispensary has been audited and is operating according to industry standards and best-practices.

CAMCD’s SCP is a rigorous program. The SCP includes almost 200 checkpoints, including several required organizational practices, distributed across the different areas of a medical cannabis dispensary.

The certification process consists of:

MCD submitting the Standards and Certification Program Application.

MCD completing the Self Survey and returning it to CAMCD with supporting documentation.

A SCP surveyor will visit the MCD to conduct a Primary Survey. If the MCD passes, it will receive its Primary Certification which is valid for 1 year, and can apply to join CAMCD;

A SCP surveyor will return to the medical cannabis dispensary to conduct a Full Survey. If the MCD passes, it will receive its Full Certification which is valid for 3 years.

MCDs can access CAMCD staff for support during the accreditation process.

Check camcd.ca on November 15th to download the application!

Don’t hesitate to contact CAMCD if you have any questions.

2) Employment Opportunity – CAMCD COO. Apply today!

Between Oct. 25 and Nov. 14 CAMCD will be accepting applications for the position of Chief Operating Officer. For more information, please view the employment posting here: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2012/10/camcd-is-hiring-a-chief-operating-officer-apply-today/

3) CAMCD now lobbying in BC and ON

CAMCD has expanded its lobbying campaign from the national level to the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

Federally, CAMCD is continuing to track the proposed reforms to the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) and expect the draft regulations to be released for consultation by the end of 2012.

In Ontario, CAMCD is focusing on integrating the on-site distribution of medical cannabis into a provincial regulatory framework which could be connected to the MMAP. We believe that by working with the province of Ontario we can demonstrate the benefits of on-site distribution over the courier based distribution being proposed within the reformed MMAP.

In British Columbia CAMCD will also be focusing on the regulatory integration of on-site dispensing. Additionally, CAMCD will be lobbying the Government of British Columbia to add medical cannabis to the provincial drug benefit formulary. This would be a direct way for government to address the cost concerns expressed by patients.

CAMCD is very excited to expand its efforts and we look forward to continuing discussions with all three governments.

4) CAMCD Standards and Certification consultation results

On June 28 and 29, 2012 CAMCD, in co-ordination with the SEED Project, held consultations in Vancouver to seek feedback from dispensaries, patients and community stakeholders on the proposed standards and certification program. The results of the consultation have been prepared by CAMCD and the SEED Project and can be viewed here: http://cannarx.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CAMCD_SEED_CONSULTATIONXREPORT_SeptX2012.pdf

Additionally, a community stakeholder survey report has been prepared by CAMCD and the SEED Project and can be viewed here: http://cannarx.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SEEDXReport_StakeholderXConsultationXSurvey_OctX2012XX1X.pdf

5) Tax expert opinion on applicability of GST/HST to medical cannabis

CAMCD has obtained a legal opinion from David Sherman, Canada’s leading authority on GST/HST, that no GST/HST is payable on medical cannabis. CAMCD has been working behind the scenes for two years to clarify this important issue which may seriously impact upon patients and providers.

To read the full legal opinion, please click here: http://www.camcd-acdcm.ca/2012/09/does-gsthst-apply-to-medical-cannabis/

CAMCD is Hiring a Chief Operating Officer! Apply Today!

To download the PDF, please click here: http://cannarx.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Posting-COO-Nov2012_final.pdf

Chief Operating Officer

 

Status: Part-time Employment
Hours: 20 hours per week
Salary: $18.03/hour
Industry: Regulatory Affairs
Expected Start Date of: December 3 2012

Summary: The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is currently hiring the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). CAMCD is seeking an energetic individual, skilled in collaborating, that is committed to the advancement of a patient-centred medical cannabis industry. The COO is responsible for the day to day operations of CAMCD with a strong focus on the standards and certification program. The COO will be focused on the rollout and co-ordination of CAMCD’s standards and certification program. A criminal record check is required upon acceptance.
Retaining the position of CAMCD’s COO offers a unique opportunity to the successful candidate. As COO, the candidate will be the first salaried executive of CAMCD and immediately gain a national presence in the medical cannabis industry. This position provides an opportunity to expand responsibilities as CAMCD’s areas of operation grow.

Duties: The COO position includes the following duties:
• Co-ordinate certification program
• Answer general inquiries
• Support clients in preparation for surveys
• Prepare reports for the Board of Directors
• Attend Board of Directors meetings as required
• Co-ordinate work conducted by the Board of Directors, committees, and taskforces

Skills:
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
• Excellent oral and written skills
• Strong sense of confidentiality
• Strong work ethic
• Able to work both independently and in a team environment
o Must be able to follow direction from the Board of Directors as well as bring innovative ideas to the Board of Directors
• Excellence in organizational management
• Ability to prioritize and organize duties, enabling completion within a budgeted timeframe
• Able to delegate and engage a variety of skill sets
• Bilingualism a strong asset
• Facilitation, consensus-decision making, and conflict resolution skills also an asset

Required Experience:
The ideal candidate will possess the following experience:
• At least 3 years in a management role
• At least 1 year in a customer service role
• Previous healthcare and regulatory affairs duties
o Medical cannabis industry experience is a strong asset, especially knowledge of both the Marihuana Medical Access Program and the medical cannabis dispensary system
• Experience with budgeting
• Sales and marketing
• Fundraising a strong asset

Please forward cover letter and resume to Blaine Dowdle, Secretary, by email to:

info@camcd.ca;

or by mail to:

Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
490 York Road Suite A109
The York Business Centre
Guelph, ON N1E 6V1

Applications are being accepted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 14. Only those being interviewed will be contacted.
Thank you for applying.

Does GST/HST apply to medical cannabis?

CAMCD has obtained a legal opinion from David Sherman, Canada’s leading authority on GST/HST, that no GST/HST is payable on medical cannabis. CAMCD has been working behind the scenes for two years to clarify this important issue to ensure that patients do not have to pay a penny more than they should for this essential medicine.

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