Medical Marijuana Rules On Calgary City Council Agenda

CANADA:  Two Calgary city councillors are calling for land use rules for medical marijuana businesses before the new shops begin opening in the city.

Diane Colley-Urquhart and Gian-Carlo Carra want the city to address issues such as ‘clustering’ or ‘proliferation’ of the businesses and also to ensure there is separation from schools, as there is for liquor stores.

“You can imagine if you have a whole bunch of these in Inglewood for example and then people start lining up, going there, wanting to get access, wanting to see if they would qualify, this can fundamentally change the nature of a neighbourhood with this amount of activity going on,” said Colley-Urquhart.

Medical Marijuana 420 Clinic Opens In Calgary

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.

Calgary Police Log 58% Drop In Illegal Marijuana Grow Op Offences

CANADA:  Calgary has seen dramatic drop in arrests, charges and search warrants related to illegal marijuana grow ops since 2009, but legal weed operations are posing a growing challenge for local law enforcement.

Offences connected to illegal grow ops plunged 58 per cent, according to police data provided to Metro, but while those numbers have declined the number of people growing legally is on the rise, according to Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).

“Many of the same people that previously we had arrested for illegal grow operations, now suddenly have medical marijuana permits,” said CPS Staff Sgt. Keith Hurley, who oversees ALERT’s Green Team, which monitors illegal drug production.