Medical Marijuana Business Aims To Help Would-Be Patients Get Their Pot

CANADA:  A new business that’s coming to Ottawa this spring is offering to help people get access to medical marijuana.

But National Access Cannabis’s arrival in the capital — part of an expansion across the country — isn’t being welcomed by at least one future neighbour in Hintonburg, who says he’s worried that what’s being billed as an “education centre” could turn into a dispensary.

National Access Cannabis confirmed Wednesday it will be expanding its business model across the country. It opened its first location in Victoria last month and plans to set up shop in Vancouver, Halifax and Ottawa, starting with a Hintonburg location at 1111 Wellington St. W. — the current location of Heaven’s to Betsy shop — in the spring. Spokesman Colin Trethewey says the company is also looking at a second location, possibly on Bank Street.

The system of licensed marijuana producers, of which there are 25 across the country, came into effect last April. Canadians must get a medical document from a physician to order medical marijuana through a producer.