Cannabis Club Society to Meet With Mayor

Veronica Curie of the Always Growing Green Society sells a 'UBC', a strain of medicinal marijuana to a customer. (Photo by Colleen Flanagan)Veronica Curie of the Always Growing Green Society sells a ‘UBC’, a strain of medicinal marijuana to a customer. (Photo by Colleen Flanagan)The non-profit society that opened a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Maple Ridge this week will meet with the mayor.

Michael Joinson, director of The Always Growing Green Society, said a sit-down with Ernie Daykin has been scheduled for Tuesday.

Joinson will be joined by Dana Larsen, a founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and B.C. Marijuana Party, and Jacob Hunter, policy director with the End Prohibition Foundation.

“We are going to explain to him how the dispensary works, who we serve, our rules and regulations,” Joinson said.

The Taggs Medical Cannabis Dispensary, operated by the newly-formed non-profit society, opened suddenly in the district’s downtown core Monday to serve patients who use medical marijuana to treat illness ranging from epilepsy, glaucoma, severe pain from multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease, as well as pain, weight loss and nausea from cancer or HIV/AIDS infection.

All members of the dispensary must have documentation from Health Canada or a registered physician to use its services.

Taggs sells a variety of strains of cannabis, as well as other cannabis products, such as baked goods and other edibles, extracts, oils, tinctures, capsules, and sprays.

Joinson said smoking marijuana is not allowed in the house or around the property, located in a renovated rancher on 224th Street past North Avenue. Patients will lose their membership if they are caught smoking within those boundaries.

Taggs was visited Tuesday by bylaw officials and police, who were looking to learn about the dispensary. But Joinson did not allow them inside.

“They told me what I am doing is not right. They were going to talk to Vancouver police to see how dispensaries are allowed to run there,” he said.

Taggs is the seventh medical marijuana outlet to open in B.C.

There are three in Vancouver, with a fourth set to open in the city’s West End next week, as well as two on Vancouver Island and one in Nelson.

Just two days after the dispensary opened, the mayor’s email inbox was flooded with messages from residents opposed to the dispensary and others who support it.

The district doesn’t know if RCMP can shut the dispensary down.

“We’ve got to figure out where we stand on this thing,” added Daykin, who previously said he doesn’t want the dispensary in the district.

“We are trying to get all our ducks in a row and find out what our options are right now.”

– Article from BCLocalNews.



  1. Anonymous on

    You will see probably in less than ten years, fellow anonymous, that Bill Maher fan is correct, when you start to see your rights dissapear. Think before you leave a comment or speak altogether. The previous commenter certainly did. If you took the chance your brain would let you think and you’d soon realise that your just one of the sheep, the ones ruining a true civilized culture from ever happening. This drug sub culture you speek of should be put in to two parts, chemical drugs and organic drugs, the chemical drug users hurt themselves and many other people, but marijauna users certainly do not, they are alot nicer to be around than someone wasted on chemicals or alcohol, and thats the drug thats legal, the one that kill hundreds of thousands of people each year. A government that allows that, is not one I want, and they use religions to control brain washed fools like yourself. The only way to get a decent government is for the people to dethrown the power hungry fools that currently reign, but like he said, that aint gonna happen, and the reason is because the mojority of people are ignorant cowards like yourself sir. Good day to you.

  2. Anonymous on

    but unfornatley that aint gonna happen,
    thats right, it ain’t gonna happen

    government is the servant of the people
    and most people choose a faith
    and they do not welcome a drug sub culture
    who seeks to destroy their faith’ or their government
    answer is to snow plough the drug culture out of the way
    clear the road ahead of druggies so the traffic of straight humanity
    can proceede, and then as necessary salt the roads
    so the slippery drug people cannot te establish themselves
    and come the spring – the druggies melt away and thats that
    a paragraph in the history books
    and maybe in ten years
    Brad Pitt plays William Burroughs in a movie
    – sound track by Justin Beiber

  3. Bill Maher fan on

    Its very sad the state of ignorance people have in this day and age. So many people find comfort in their religions and like to stay unaware of the world around them.If people could only wake up to organized religions and restore the entire goverment from being controlling assholes taking advantage of people to a government that actualy stops the destrucion and caos of nature and society, we might be alright, but unfornatley that aint gonna happen, and people arn’t going like what the world will be like in the next ten years, and they could have prevented it if they used thier heads and not allow our governments and religions to rob us instead of stopping this situation from happening.

  4. Dave on

    But, I’m sure Daykin wouldn’t mind if there was a beer-store, liquor-store, a bar and of course a tobacconist on the same city block. Maybe even a coffee shop so he and his kind can sober up before driving home. The only thing left is for one of them to pick up a kid, hold it up high above their heads and shout, “we are bullying these people because we have to protect the vulnerable children!”.