As Seen on CBC and the Vancouver Sun

As the largest and oldest medical cannabis dispensary in Canada, and the longest continuously-running dispensary in the Americas, we’re often in the news.

CBC did a photo-series on dispensaries in Vancouver, including our lovely Wellness Centre.

The Vancouver Sun took a look at how dispensaries obtain supply, including our model of acquiring medicine from exclusively-contracted growers.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Introducing the Compassion Oil

The Compassion Oil is made using a similar but safer extraction method as Phoenix Tears

Over the past few years we have been asked to carry Phoenix Tears. We do not because:

  1. Claims about the oil are unsubstantiated by peer-reviewed medical research
  2. We cannot without evidence endorse claims that something can cure cancer
  3. The majority of people making Phoenix Tears have not given sufficient evidence that all solvents are removed from the final product
  4. The price and quantities needed make the product do not make it financially accessible

In order to address the above concerns we are introducing our own Compassion Oil which is:

  1. Made using a similar extraction method, but instead using organic medicinal food grade ingredients and whole-plant extraction of multiple organic cannabis strains
  2. Not a cure-all but has been shown during testing to provide: quick relief of pain, increase appetite and alertness, and have a calming but uplifting effect
  3. Made using medical-grade organic alcohol which can be taken orally or topically
  4. Far more affordable and does not have to be taken in large doses
  5. Made in a closed system so it retains terpenoids which would otherwise be lost during other extraction methods

Note: This is highly concentrated medicine. Start with an extremely small dose.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Press Release

BCCCS Congratulates John Conroy and the Coalition Against Repeal

Archived from 21 March, 2014

The BC Compassion Club Society (BCCCS) was pleased to hear of the Federal Court decision today that protects the rights of those with personal licenses to continue growing medical cannabis.

We do hope that future decisions will allow all patients to grow their own medicine, and that the findings of unconstitutionality on restrictions to dried cannabis only will be upheld.

View the decision here.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Press Release

BCCCS Member Wins Medical Marijuana Reimbursement From Workers Comp in Ontario

Archived from 4 May, 2011

The BC Compassion Club Society (BCCCS) is celebrating a ruling for one of its members, Gary William Simpson, now living in Ontario, in a victory for the rights of medical cannabis patients. After a five-year journey of appeals, Mr. Simpson has been awarded reimbursement for the cost of his medical marijuana from the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), the Workers Compensation body of Ontario.

Simpson sustained an acute back injury while working as a heavy equipment mechanic, leaving him disabled in February 2000. While WSIB covered his prescription pain medications, these proved to have unwanted side effects and addictive qualities. Told by his doctor that his “liver and kidney wouldn’t last more than 5 years” using these prescription medications, Simpson gained approval for his medical marijuana license from Health Canada (MMAR) in 2003 with his physician’s support.

Using medical cannabis, Mr. Simpson noted a reduced need for pain medication, elimination of ulcer problems, improved sleep, better control of his diabetes, and a renewed ability to walk and do work around the house for up to a half-hour at a time.

WSIB, however, refused to cover Simpson’s medical marijuana costs, claiming it did “not recognize this form of medicine.”

Upon going to appeal, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) concluded that Simpson’s “use of marijuana is recognized as an appropriate health care measure” and that “the most practical and reasonable approach would be to reimburse the worker for the costs which he must pay each month to Health Canada,” which were estimated at $805 a month.

Just 4 months after receiving his license, however, Simpson was cut off from Health Canada’s cannabis and, instead, given a packet of seeds and told to grow his own supply, which proved unsuccessful and untenable due to his health.

WSIB refused to recognize Simpson’s letter of receipt from local dispensary, the Toronto Compassion Centre, detailing his purchases of medical marijuana from 2000-2007. Instead, they informed Simpson that he would be reimbursed only for the cost of a packet of seeds from Health Canada, approximately $20 per year.

Finally, in 2010, the Tribunal affirmed its intent to cover Simpson’s medical marijuana regardless of Health Canada being the supplier. “The intention… was to provide the worker with reimbursement of some of the costs related to his use of medical marijuana… That intention can be maintained if the worker is reimbursed an amount equal to what he would have had to pay had he still been receiving his marijuana from Health Canada.”

Mr. Simpson’s case highlights Health Canada’s continued failure to provide an adequate program to serve patients using medical marijuana and the continuing education required for bodies like the WSIB. While the case is in Ontario, the BCCCS is pleased for Mr. Simpson’s hard-won victory, which should give heart to patients across the nation who benefit from medical cannabis.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Press Release

BCCCS Working to Further Legitimize Medical Cannabis Cultivation

Archived from 13 January, 2011

You may have seen media recently talking about a supposed confrontation between BCCCS and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

In November the CRA served the BCCCS with a “requisition” to provide all financial and contact information about our cultivators for the years 2007-2009 so that they could assess them for undeclared income. The CRA is not targeting the Club itself, but would like our cultivators to pay income tax if they haven’t been.

We have actually been working with the CRA to bring our cultivators into the tax system voluntarily with much lesser consequences, while simultaneously avoiding a tax investigation or criminal prosecution.We are finding our way through this situation with the help of the best legal team in Canada.

Previously, most of our cultivators believed either that they could not declare income from an “illegal” activity, or that declaring such income would lead them to being busted by the police. We are working with an accountant to help our cultivators file their back taxes, as well as to develop a template for claiming expenses which may potentially be used by all medical marijuana cultivators throughout Canada.

We believe we are creating progressive solutions that will help to advance the legitimization of medical cannabis in Canada. The BCCCS is committed to continue pioneering on behalf of all compassion clubs and dispensaries to transition the medical cannabis market to a safe, legal one.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook