QUEBEC - The first medical marijuana clinic in the Canadian province of Quebec is open and ready for the medicinal pot smokers who may be in need of their help. 'Santé Cannabis' offers consultation and more to those with ailments being treated by the drug.
"There’s about one million patients across Quebec who medicate with cannabis in some way or another," clinic's director, Adam Greenblatt, told CBC News' Daybreak. "But the large majority of them access their cannabis from illicit unregulated sources. So our goal really is to help facilitate access to legal sources of medical cannabis to eligible patients who meet certain qualifications."
Greenblatt, who said the clinic will eventually employ five doctors, said they will help users work their way through the medical marijuana system, even helping patients decide on the strain of the drug their illness will be best suited by. Patients will need to have a referral from their doctor.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and is regulated by Health Canada. There is confusion in the industry as the federal government brought in new laws in the Spring that said the drug could only be obtained from producers they licensed.
However, a court injunction re-established medical marijuana users right to grow their own pot should they wish to continue to do so. The issue should be before the courts again sometime next year.
The name of the clinic, Santé Cannabis, is a take on Health Canada (santé is the french word for 'health').
While patients who attend Santé Cannabis will have to pay a $250 yearly fee for uninsured services the clinic offers, their first consultation will be paid for by the province's medical insurance program, Greenblatt said.
Digital Journal/Nov. 11, 2014