It is with great pride that The BC Compassion Club Society announce our winning of
The Georgia Straight’s 21st Annual Best of Vancouver Awards category for
Dispensary Staff Most Knowledgeable About the Medicinal Properties of Cannabis!!
It is an honour to be chosen 2nd in the categories of ‘Dispensary with The Best Variety of Cannabis Oils’ and ‘Dispensary with The Best Variety of Cannabis Strains’.
We are humbled to have placed 3rd, as well, in the categories of ‘Dispensaries with The Best Potent Strains’ and ‘Dispensaries with The Best Mellow Strains’.
We are truly proud to be chosen by you in these categories, endless gratitude to all who voted!
Read about ALL WINNERS here.
The BC Compassion Club Society has an opportunity to earn a booth to represent You, our members, along with our unique non-profit dispensary model (centered in holistic healing & patient advocacy) at the amazing and inspiring Spirit Plant Medicine Conference…
But we need help getting there!
We understand that this event is not as financially accessible as other events, however…
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the conference, please use DISCOUNT CODE: COMPASSION and save $22 on admission.
To use the code discount, simply input code in the payment options under the website~ www.spiritplantmedicine.com
Your ticket sale will count toward our potential access to an earned booth at the conference. Countless blessings to all for reading & sharing this <3
The BCCCS’s Wellness Centre is opening it’s doors for rental to practitioners in the community!
We have 4 lovely session rooms suitable for counseling, energy work, nutritional consultations, bodywork etc. Some rooms include massage table and portable stereo.
Room rental rates are $40.00 per half day and $70.00 per full day.
Please contact: 604-709-0448 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information concerning availability schedule and room details.
FOR DOWNLOAD: Room Rental Agreement
VANCOUVER – A unanimous decision by the City of Vancouver’s Board of Variance (BOV) on April 20th means the BC Compassion Club Society (BCCCS) will not have to close its doors after providing important medicinal marijuana and holistic services for 18 years.
“This decision comes as a great relief to our 6000 members who have been waiting, terrified for this day”, said Hilary Black, founder of the BCCCS. “The BOV understood that we are a safety net for patients falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. We have been taking care of our community 18 years. I am grateful the BOV chose to support us.”
“The heart of the issue is that we are near two schools, both of which have no opposition to our presence in the neighborhood, this is our home. Clearly the BOV has seen that we are not a threat to the public or the safety of children. Our Wellness Centre provides 3,400 health care appointments each year, and closing it would cause massive hardship on our patients.”
The BC Compassion Club Society opened its doors in May of 1997. It provides medical cannabis as well as many holistic therapies through the Wellness Centre to a total of 6000 patients a year.
Media inquiries call Hilary Black, Founder
BC Compassion Club Society
Our newsletter is here! Inside: updates on the GST Case in the Court of Appeals, next steps regarding City Licensing, outreach opportunities, Winter Party Update and Wellness Centre Services News.
Check it out HERE.
Starting January 28, 2016, we have to apply a 5% sales tax to your medicine.
We have been fighting for 15 years to see that medical cannabis for all Canadians is deemed a medical necessity and is exempt from tax. This case, has incurred costs of hundreds of thousands and the BCCCS has been saving for 18 years to fight this fight, or pay the GST liability.
This has been a long and incredibly expensive case, the legal avenues have now been exhausted and disappointingly, we did not win.
On Monday January the 27th, the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed our appeal. The original case was in June of 2014 and we argued, essentially, that medical cannabis is a medical necessity and should there for be exempt from sales tax. We did not win the initial case and the Federal Court of Appeals also ruled against us.
The Federal Court of Appeals ignored many of the key issues and simply ruled that the Parliament could not have possibly intended for an illegal drug to be tax exempt.
Please check Lift Cannabis for the breaking report of our story or The Globe and Mail for more coverage.
What an uphill battle it has been, but we are still full of comPASSION!! There is no waver in our intentions to continue standing for patient rights and safe, affordable medicine across Canada!
Next steps, we need to lobby for legislative change.
Stay posted for updates on a campaign.
As many of you may have already heard, The City of Vancouver has approved 11 licenses so far and we will be appealing their decision with the City of Vancouver’s Board of Variance.
Please take a listen to our wonderful spokeswoman, Jamie Shaw for more insight on how the licensing process currently affects us.
Recorded yesterday on CKNW:
We apologize for the disappearance of our menu from our website. We recognize the severe inconvenience caused by this move, but it was done on the advice of our lawyer, John Conroy, in response to Health Canada‘s recent threatening letter.
We hope this move to address Health Canada‘s request, as well as the removal of edibles to comply with City regulations, are both temporary measures pending the outcome of next month’s election.
If you are not registered to vote yet, please visit Elections Canada.
In Love & Solidarity,