Support the chronically and terminally ill residents of Grand Forks and the surrounding region in maintaining local access to safe, standardized medical cannabis products through the local medical cannabis dispensary, The Kootenay's Medicine Tree
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Dear Citizens of Grand Forks, B.C. and surrounding Kootenay-Boundary Country,
We, the three directors of Grand Fork’s recently opened medical cannabis dispensary, The Kootenay’s Medicine Tree, started quietly and professionally providing access to medical cannabis products in early August. We have applied for and been issued a business license by the City of Grand Forks and currently operate in the legal “grey-area” which amounts to favourable court decisions and police tolerance that has allowed dispensaries like ours to operate elsewhere in B.C. As per our protocol, an applicant for our services must have been diagnosed with a medical condition by a physician or a nurse practitioner and have medical records to substantiate the diagnosis before membership in our dispensary is issued and careful, monitored access to medical cannabis products is granted.
All was going well as time passed, our lab tested/produced products were helping local cancer patients manage symptoms and fight back against their tumours, children with debilitating forms of epilepsy reduce their seizures (drastically in some cases), chronic pain patients addicted to opiates reduce and cease use of opiates, senior citizens gain sleep and pain relief by leaving toxic pharma meds behind for cannabis, the list is long in such a short time…4 months.
And then we were visited by plainclothes RCMP constables, who were in the very awkward position of informing us that is we did not cease our work at our new storefront dispensary without a license from Health Canada’s new commercial system, because of only 2 complaints filed from the local community, they would be forced into an enforcement action against our dispensary (arrests, warrant, seizure of evidence, doors locked). We do not blame the RCMP, they are in a very hard position where they must enforce a bad law.
Because companies licensed under Health Canada’s MMPR regulations are prohibited from selling cannabis capsules, other edibles, oils, creams, or suppositories and because the vast majority of our membership requires non-smokable cannabis products to manage their symptoms and in some cases indeed sustain their very lives, we cannot apply for this license and cut off these very vulnerable people. Our non-smokable products are produced by private BC companies and are lab tested, thus we are able to provide safe, standardized products of known potency, achieving reliability in dosing – a first for local medical cannabis patients.
We are asking you, the residents of Grand Forks and the local area, to please show your support for local access to safe, non-smokable medical cannabis options for the chronically and terminally ill who require this medicine, by signing this petition to Mayor Konrad and Grand Forks City Council, and by writing local media like the Grand Forks Gazette and providing us with a copy. We hope that with enough public support, and with a statement of support from Mayor Frank Konrad and Grand Forks City Council, the RCMP can show our dispensary tolerance, like that extended to the 5 dispensaries in Vernon, soon to be 3 in Kelowna, and 1 in Nelson. If our services and/or products have made a difference in your life or that of a loved one, please consider sharing publicly.
Lastly, to those who oppose what we are doing, please take the time to either come down and talk to us and/or conduct even brief research into the human body’s endo-cannabinoid system and the vast medical uses of cannabinoids like CBD and THC in combating a wide range of chronic and terminal illness. When you watch a child’s daily seizures go from 100 a day to nearly 0 after the administration of a cannabis concentrate product you will see why local access to these safe, standardized cannabis derivative products is essential.
Jim Leslie, Marvin Wyers, Wendy Brisco
The Kootenay’s Medicine Tree
Grand Forks, B.C.
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