BCCCS In Action

Over the years, the BCCCS has received a great deal of media coverage, produced many resources, and continues to do advocacy and public outreach work.

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October 14th, 2011
The October-December edition of the BCCCS' newsletter features updates from our recent roundtable meeting with Health Canada, as well as the Dispensaries Are Indispensable capmaign. Other updates include vapourizer news, and posts from the member picnic as well as Pride.
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September 26th, 2011
A promotional video about seniors with a variety of health concerns that use cannabis as medicine for symptom and disease management, made for the BC Compassion Club Society by Pull Focus Film School.
September 16th, 2011
Op-ed for the Georgia Straight on the importance of having compassion clubs included in the proposed changes to Health Canada's Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR).
September 7th, 2011
Health Canada meets with the province’s dispensaries to gather their input on changes to the Medical Marijuana program  September 7th, 2011 – Vancouver – Today Health Canada will be meeting with representatives of British Columbia’s dispensaries for consultation on proposed changes to the federal Medical Marijuana program.... [...More]
Photo of Trout Lake in Summer
September 1st, 2011
Rains Clear for Member Picnic This year’s picnic took place on a blustery day! On August 22 from 4-7pm, 50 brave members and guests took a chance on a very rainy Monday for our annual barbeque. We trekked down East 14th to the Trout Lake gazebo and to our surprise the rain stopped right at 4! Thanks everyone for their faith. This year’s picnic was our first meat-friendly event in 8 years, and a few people took advantage of this change. As usual everyone crammed in tons of veggie burgers and dogs, salads, fruits and other treats as well.  
July 31st, 2011
In response to proposed changes to the federal medical marijuana program announced in June, the BC Compassion Club Society submitted its report about the important role that qualified dispensaries can have in meeting patient needs under the federal program. Download and read our full report to Health Canada here.
June 18th, 2011
Health Canada has announced their proposed changes to the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), the legal framework by which medical cannabis can be accessed in Canada. While the proposed changes are a mix of good and bad, Compassion Clubs and the choice of over 30,000 patients across Canada to have dispensaries provide their medical cannabis has been left in the “legal grey zone”.... [...More]
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June 8th, 2011
BCCCS' new introductory video created by Karen Chapman
In the media
May 22nd, 2011
The Vancouver Sun featured the BC Compassion Club and its members prominently in a recent 4-part series on medical marijuana: Part 1: An Issue of Health And Safety Part 2: Medical Marijuana: Relief In A Bottle   **... [...More]
May 4th, 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.... [...More]
Canadian, Press releases
April 22nd, 2011
Last Wednesday, the BCCCS addressed the 420 rally in Vancouver, speaking to over 10,000 people, primarily in the 18-24 age group of who only 1 in 3 voted in the last election. As events would have it, it was 4:10pm by the time I got on, there was a thick sea of people and the energy was absolutely primed!!!! ... [...More]
April 8th, 2011
 BCCCS members donated $554 to help send a 100-strong contingent of MMAR exemptees from all over Canada to Parliament on January 31 2011 to protest the suffocating conditions around medical cannabis in Canada. Only a third of the group was allowed into the Parliament building after standing in the freezing cold surrounded by police. Each patient had to go through a body scanner before being let in.... [...More]
March 8th, 2011
#1 Integrity: As Canada's original medical cannabis dispensary, we have served over 6,500 members with serious illnesses since 1997. We are the model Compassion Club, setting the standard for best practices across the nation. We have been praised by judges, law-makers and health care professionals... Read More  
March 3rd, 2011
March 3, 2011 The BCCCS has sent an open letter to the Liberal Party of Canada and all its MPs expressing our thanks for their recent public condemnation of Bill S-10, and their statement of intention to vote down the hugely regressive and harmful bill, which would see mandatory prison sentences for cannabis cultivation starting at 6 plants. In a press statement issued last month, the Liberal Party announced that “it will oppose Bill S-10 over concerns that the bill disproportionately targets youth and would cause an... [...More]
January 13th, 2011
You may have seen media recently talking about a supposed confrontation between BCCCS and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).... [...More]
Canadian, Press releases