Sixth Marijuana Clinic Opens in Vancouver

A medical marijuana dispensary that opened Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the sixth in the city, its owner says.

Six volunteers operate the Imedikate Medical Cannabis Dispensary, which already has 60 regular patients, the Vancouver Sun reported Monday.

The new dispensary is the first in south Vancouver.

"It's about being open. We want to destigmatize marijuana use," said Imedikate director Jacob Hunter.

"[Patients] feel judged. What we're trying to do here is bring it out in the open and show that medical marijuana is just another type of medication," he said.

Patients must bring proof of a serious illness or a recommendation from a doctor for marijuana to be dispensed.

"It's not like someone can walk in and walk out with marijuana unless they're seriously ill," Hunter said.

A doctor would be available to assess people whose family doctor was not supportive of such treatment, he said.

Hunter said the shops operate "on the edge of the legislative law" because Health Canada refuses to issue a dispensary license, but the country's judiciary has ruled people have a right to medical marijuana.

- Article from UPI.


New pot dispensary opens in south Vancouver

by 24 Hours

A new medical marijuana dispensary in South Vancouver is the city’s first to offer an in-house doctor who can recommend the drug for those in need.

The Imedikate dispensary, at 6128 Fraser St., officially opened Sunday, and offers marijuana from licensed growers to those with illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

“So many patients I meet tell me that even with a horrific or life-threatening condition … they are unable to find a supportive doctor,” said dispensary director Jacob Hunter.

If that’s the case, Imedikate’s in-house physician can recommend for them, as long as they have medical proof of a qualifying illness.

“We just realize how much need there is out there,” he said.

“There needs to be dispensaries where there are people. It’s not appropriate for someone from Chilliwack to have to drive into Vancouver.”

Neighbours have also expressed plenty of support for the dispensary.

“It’s almost every day we have someone coming in thanking us for opening,” Hunter said. “I think that it’s just part of the cultural zeitgeist here. I think people recognize that medication is medication.”

It is the sixth dispensary to open in Vancouver proper.

- Article from 24 Hours.


Sixth pot dispensary opens in south Vancouver

by The Vancouver Sun

For the past month, a small, nondescript storefront in south Vancouver has been quietly dispensing medical marijuana to those who need it.

The Imedikate Medical Cannabis Dispensary, at 6128 Fraser St., celebrated a soft opening Saturday, marking the sixth such dispensary in the city and the first in south Vancouver.

The shop — an outer office leading into a backroom, where patients can follow the sign on the counter to "stoner way" to access a vaporizer and some big comfy leather couches — already caters to 60 regular members.

“It’s about being open. We want to de-stygmatize marijuana use,” said Imedikate director Jacob Hunter. “[Patients] feel judged. What we’re trying to do here is bring it out in the open and show that medical marijuana is just another type of medication.”

About six volunteers operate the centre, which will distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who would benefit from its use.

Patients must bring proof of illness or a recommendation from a doctor for marijuana to be dispensed.

“It’s not like someone can walk in and walk out with marijuana, unless they’re seriously ill,” Hunter said.

In cases where an individual's family doctor is not supportive of such treatment, a doctor would be available to assess them, said Hunter. He noted that many people, especially those who are older, are loath to try medical marijuana for fear their friends will find out, while some doctors refuse to prescribe it.

Hunter said the shop is being run “on the edge of the legislative law,” as Health Canada refuses to issue a dispensary license but the judiciary has ruled that people have a right to medical marijuana.

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- Article from The Vancouver Sun.


Marijuana dispensary opens in South Vancouver

by CTV News

The director of a new medical marijuana dispensary in South Vancouver says the community has welcomed his business with open arms.

Jacob Hunter says the Imedikate Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 6128 Fraser Street has been "working out kinks" for about four weeks, and is fully prepared to serve the neighbourhood's unwell.

"We expect that many of the patients who were pre-existing in this community, who were probably purchasing from the street, will be able to come above board and purchase their medicine legally in a safe environment," he said.

Area residents told CTV News on Saturday they have no problem with the dispensary – and that more should be opened in the city. "Why not?" said Doug, who did not provide a last name. "It saves having the dealers hanging around the corners, saves the dealers hanging around the schools."

Hunter says police were alerted about the opening and responded only by asking employees to be cautious to avoid break-ins and thefts. There are bars on the windows, an alarm system and a safe to secure the pot, Hunter said.

There are five other dispensaries in the city, but Imedikate is the only one with an in-house doctor. Hunter says a physician spends between two and four hours per week at the office to assess patients whose regular doctors do not support medical marijuana.

"We hear a lot from patients that their doctor will simply say, ‘marijuana's a gateway drug,' or ‘marijuana will give you brain cancer,' or any other crazy thing that's simply not backed up by the science."

A common misconception is that doctors can write prescriptions for medical marijuana. Hunter says all potential clients need is written confirmation of a medical condition.

They must also promise not to re-sell their pot. If they do, their membership is revoked. "We've got people who are incredibly sick -- we're talking about elderly people, people's grandmothers, people's brothers and sisters, and they're suffering," Hunter said. "If someone's going to go and threaten our ability to alleviate that suffering for all those people, we simply can't work with them anymore."

By Saturday night, the dispensary had about 60 members – just a drop in the bucket of the 10,000 medical marijuana customers Hunter says exist in the city.

- Article from CTV News.


Pot dispensary opens in south Vancouver

by The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver's latest medical marijuana dispensary will open today on Fraser Street.

The Imedikate Medical Cannabis Dispensary, at 6128 Fraser St., is the sixth such dispensary in the city and the first in south Vancouver.

The dispensary will distribute marijuana to patients whose serious illness would benefit from its use.

Patients must bring proof of serious illness or a recommendation from a doctor for marijuana to be dispensed.

Imedikate director Jacob Hunter said a physician would be available to assess individuals whose family doctor was not supportive of such treatment but who might benefit from it.

- Article from The Vancouver Sun.


Medicinal pot dispensary set to open in South Vancouver

by The Georgia Straight

A new medicinal marijuana dispensary is set to open tomorrow (January 8) in South Vancouver.

The Imedikate Cannabis Dispensary, located at 6128 Fraser Street, will provide pot to patients with such serious medical conditions as cancer, arthritis, and HIV/AIDS.

Clients must provide proof of illness or a doctor’s recommendation to obtain pot from the dispensary.

Imedikate will also have an in-house doctor to evaluate applicants who can’t find a supportive medical practitioner, says a news release from the non-profit group.

There are five other medicinal cannabis dispensaries already operating in Vancouver.

- Article from The Georgia Straight.


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