Dispensaries are Indispensable: Compassion clubs launch first certification program
VANCOUVER, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Medical
Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) will launch its Certification Program
tomorrow. The announcement coincides with the publication of Health
Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations today in the Canada Gazette.
“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
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.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries