Ross Rebagliati to Open Medical-Marijuana Franchise

Ross Rebagliati, the Olympic gold medallist and bad boy of snowboarding, plans to open up a franchise of medical marijuana shops that trades on his fame.

Cheekily called Ross’s Gold, the company expects to set up a flagship store in Whistler this spring once the federal government privatizes the medical marijuana production industry.

And Rebagliati projects his business will be doing more than $50 million a year after the third year, once it opens satellite stores in Vancouver and Toronto.

On Tuesday Rebagliati began advertising his plans through Facebook, quickly attracting a cadre of followers. But his plans have been in the works for some time and are being coordinated through a Vancouver company based at Canada Place.

Rebagliati hasn’t responded to email requests for interviews, but he laid out the plans for Ross’s Gold in a report published on a website.

In it Rebagliati said the federal government’s decision to get out of the medical marijuana business is opening a tremendous business opportunity for Ross’s Gold, which also goes under the company name Rebagliati Gold Ltd.

“As the federal government gets out of the medical marijuana business, taxpayers will no longer be subsidizing its sale. Under the current program, the marijuana costs about $5 per gram. Under the proposed changes, that price will rise to about $8.80 a gram,” the company said in its statement.

– Read the entire article at the Vancouver Sun.



  1. bb54 on

    I am not so sure medical marijuana franchise are the way to go in the future. Cannabis and Mushrooms are naturally social drugs and the best model proposed so far in my opinion is that of social club public or private where members in good standing can socially consume and trip and have fun together.That is a healthy setting and provide a safe environment to the user.And by the way fuck Harper and fuck Nicholson

  2. bb54 on

    Mr.Rebagliati,it is not because you have an olympic medal or are a great athlete that you are above canadian laws.
    Take your turn in the waiting line like everybody else.
    There are people out there much better formed than you who are waiting for the canadian laws to be relaxed to be able to open medical cannabis outlet.I suggest you start taking a degree in horticulture or cannabiculture and that you become acquainted with the good manufacturing processes and good horticultural practices before you embark on this adventure.

  3. Sparkky McPuff on

    It is my understanding that current scientific studies have found that cannabis treats and in some cases helps eliminate cancer symptoms from the human body.

    In the your opinion, what makes feel like anyone has the right to, in any way, restrict access to a substance that the human race has been searching for for centuries, especially one that has been previously banned by governments around the globe for racist ideals and anti competition goals?

    Please explain in exhaustive detail why the government would even consider making this substance prohibitively expensive to most consumers (with the new proposed medical marihuana production regulations), that again current science has concluded that there is no quantitative lethal dose, toxic amount, or is otherwise destructive to the health of the individual that uses this substance.

    Cannabis can be grown in a safe, sanitary environment, kept free from moulds and pathogens, for around $660 per kilogram. With the associated costs regarding record keeping and packaging and security requirements the government has come up with a figure that resembles $10000 per kilogram when delivered to the consumer. This is inline with the prices that the black market is eliciting currently and is, in most cases in canada, even more expensive. This regulating body has come up with an ideal situation that will allow the profits from a few companies that produce cannabis to run wild. This type of activity is abhorrent, unconscionable, and down right destructive to a free and democratic society.

    I understand that the medical industry would lose a portion of their profits if numerous individuals were to choose cannabis treatment over traditional western medical practices. But does that mean that people should suffer and continue to pay ridiculous amounts of hard earned money, go into debt, and squander their savings to a naturally occurring medicine, when they can, just as easily as growing tomatoes, grow their own cannabis in their own garden for relatively nothing, to save they’re own lives?

    The individuals that have come up with the document
    “Vol. 146, No. 50 — December 15, 2012
    Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” in the Canada gazette have completely dropped the ball on determining what should be done about controlling cannabis. Cannabis has not been put on this earth to make certain individuals or agencies richer but to enrich the lives of all of the habitants of the earth. Sounds dumb but its true. The worst part about cannabis currently are the laws surrounding it and no law regarding cannabis can possibly make sense.

    Maybe the easiest way to curb the black market of the production of cannabis would be to eliminate controls of cannabis completely and forever. If anyone can produce it then there would be no money to be made and the moneys that would have been spent on $10000 kilograms of cannabis can stay in the hands of the consumer to be free to enjoy on other consumer products or in RSP’s, bolstering the economy and saving the government billions upon billions upon billions of dollars over the course of a generation.

    The charts in the aforementioned document were very well established and articulated regarding the cost benefits of the new proposed system. However, by deregulating cannabis now and for the future, you will see an increased economy of unfathomable proportions as new technologies, products and services will be made available to the general public.

    As for the safety of the individuals that use cannabis and their actions think about it like this, if you took a barroom full of patrons and gave them free alcohol, they would each consume as much liquor that they could, until they’re bodies shut them down by either vomiting or passing out. If they continue to drink they risk alcohol poisoning and death. Not to mention that they have put additional strain on their organs specifically they’re liver. If you want to see an example just look at any nightclub on the weekends that are filled with 18 and 19 year olds with mom and dads allowances.

    Now take a barroom full of cannabis users that are given free marihuana. They might consume cannabis for an hour or two before they decide to leave the bar, grab some food and enjoy a movie while peacefully drifting off to sleep. A healthy restful sleep unlike the one derived from drinking too much alcohol. All while producing negligible harmful effects to the human body, comparatively speaking.

    It is time for Canada to STOP taxing the sick and dying, stop looking for a way to generate taxes on everything especially a medicine. No added cost above the price of production, packaging, and simple delivery should be passed on to the consumer/patient.

    Please urge your representative to rethink this unworkable strategy that does absolutely nothing to curb black market trafficking of cannabis, and may actually make the violence and societal destruction even worse due to less production sites and hardcore criminal elements taking the industry back from the hundreds of mom and pop medical pot producer (the safest of illicit suppliers). It is time for Canada to make a positive change and rescind the obligations of international treaties that Canada volunteered to abide by regarding cannabis. They are useless for the furtherance of the human race in respect to love and compassion. And by the way, cannabis is NOT a narcotic.

    Let me ask just this one more question. What if you, or your parents, or what if your child was struck with cancer, what if they were in excruciating pain, they couldn’t eat or sleep, and they were wasting away, death on their doorstep, one foot in the grave? What if there was a product that at minimum could ease just some of that pain, and at best, bring them back to life and cure what ails them? What if I told you that theoretically you could acquire this product at little to no cost, that you could produce it yourself and not rely on government agencies that force their rules upon the sick and dying by way of the police forces of this country? What if you could use this substance as a preventative measure to keep cancer and other diseases at bay? Would you not do everything in your power to provide this medicine to them? What if because of ridiculous rules you could not afford it?

    Yes there may be a demand for super hygienic cannabis, but at up to $88 per day or more for some patients, a set of rules that would not help curb violent gangs from leading the cannabis economy is a waste of billions of dollars. Not just taxpayers but the medical users and recreational users as well. If cannabis was not held hostage by the government then you could provide that medicine for $0.66 per gram. Less than 7.5% the cost that the government is proposing.

    Proper education of good growing practices and procedures, electrical set ups by qualified electricians could curb most, if not all, dangers associated with home grows. No need for security requirements if the plant is freed. Packaging and label requirements would be minimal.

    The need to inform local authorities would not need to be done. Record keeping would be for personal use only. Communities would be safer. Police would be able to concentrate their efforts to stop violent offenders from terrorizing the citizens, and move away from terrorizing the sick with swat teams raiding dispensaries and patients homes in a search for clandestine operations.

    It’s time for Canada to take a lead role on this planet and allow its citizens to freely grow and consume an organic alternative to chemicals that is being forced down out throats because there is NO alternative to pharmaceuticals available with any substantial effect in curing or treating pain without life altering side effects. Take morphine for instance. At high doses coma, seizures, death. Not to mention side effect of normal dosages. Itching, sedation, addiction. Just switching from opiates to cannabis will save millions of dollars due to decreases in crime rate of addicts looking for a fix and millions of dollars more in not having to treat addiction.

    I strongly recommend that you look into the benefits of cannabis. And see for yourself if the benefits outweigh the risks.

    Thank you for reading. Please respond in writing me an email to all my questions in their entirety.


    Sparkky McPuff

  4. 420Pug on

    As legal a user I can tell the only way I would use a store like this is if my insurance provider started covering my prescription. Until then; screw these non-compassionate over charging pricks. At 8.50 a gram i’d have to pay $1275 a month for my prescribed medicine in Canada and that would be for the bottom level stuff. What a joke the government is and how pathetic of people trying to profit off the sick.