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Medical Cannabis Compassion Clubs
Since the mid-late 1990's,
organizations known as
medical cannabis "compassion clubs"
have operated throughout
clubs are illegal, although
many people open compassion clubs in cities
where the political atmosphere seems
tolerant of their existence.
The fact that clubs are often
permitted to operate is referred to as
the "grey-area" of
the law, as medical use of cannabis
is legal in Canada, and clubs
are a very
low priority target for law
There are major cities in Canada
now beginning to regulate compassion clubs
licensing agreements, such as the
City of Vancouver and Victoria, BC.
Compassion clubs differ from
dispensaries in that clubs
are typically run as non-profit
societies or not-for-profit
ventures, whereas cannabis
often operated directly as businesses.
There is significant public
support for the medical use of
cannabis, and clubs serve the
community by offering a range of
services for patients, usually
including a storefront location.
This allows the patient to visit and
speak face-to-face with a person and
view the wide range of available
medical cannabis products.
A requirement of membership to a
compassion club is that a health
professional, doctor or physician
must have attested to the medical
need for cannabis for the patient.
Clubs are very focused on the
medical use of cannabis, and many
clubs have health professionals
in-house available for
However, before you consider
opening a medical cannabis
compassion club in Canada, it is
highly advisable to consult with a
lawyer, accountant and/or legal professional.
licensing for online distribution
and sales of cannabis in Canada.
If you need information about compassion
Here are a few useful resources:
City of Vancouver Medical Marijuana
Retail Dealer Licence Application
City of Vancouver Marijuana Retail
Dealer Bylaws (Compassion Clubs
BC Compassion Club Society (BCCCS)
Roadmap to Compassion
How to Open a Cannabis Clinic in
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