CANADA: Alberta’s first medical clinic solely dedicated to providing access to medical marijuana officially opened Wednesday in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood.
The 420 Clinic is not a dispensary, and no marijuana will be kept on site. Instead, the clinic will help patients navigate new federal rules around how medical marijuana can be accessed.
“Basically a patient will come here and we help them through the Health Canada process,” explained Jeff Mooij, director of operations for the 420 Clinic, in a past interview.
Under Health Canada’s medical marijuana program, patients must first obtain a medical document from a qualified healthcare practitioner. In Alberta, only physicians are able to provide such a document. Once a document is obtained, patients must register as a client with a licensed producer before being allowed to place an order. Marijuana orders are then shipped in dried form to a patient’s home using Canada Post. Patients are only allowed to receive up to a month’s supply per order.