Vancouver, BC, June 29 2015 – The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) announced they were pleased with Vancouver’s decision to regulate dispensaries, however are concerned that some of the bylaws may impede patient care and best practices established by the industry. “This is certainly a hugely important milestone, but there are still some details to be ironed out to make this an effective bylaw” said President Jamie Shaw.
Among the groups concerns are the exclusion of most edible products, especially after the Supreme Court ruling that recognized the right of patients to access this form of cannabis medicine.
CAMCD noted that the new Compassion Club designation allowing for reduced licensing fees for some dispensaries is overly restrictive. “It is truly great to see Vancouver acknowledge the delivery of complementary health care services provided by some dispensaries, however this is not an typical business model and dispensaries can give back to patients and communities in other valuable ways that should also be recognized,.” Shaw said.
CAMCD also expressed concern over the possibility that almost all of Vancouver’s longest standing dispensaries will have to move from their current locations. “What we’re looking at is dispensaries that have been in their locations for over 5 years without problems, now being forced to move into areas that may end up being problematic,” Shaw said, “Hopefully Council will recognize that the disruption and chaos we’re looking at in the next few months is actually counter-productive to serving the public interest.”
The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to provide standards and promote Canada’s Medical Cannabis Dispensary Industry.
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