Calgary's first medical marijuana clinic could open by end of April

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The first clinic in Alberta intended to help patients navigate around the federal rules for medical marijuana could open in Inglewood by the end of April.

Clinic 420 will be located in the basement of the Swans of Inglewood pub on Ninth Ave. S.E. According to the owner, the store has had push back from residents.

"The word 'marijuana,' it frightens people," Jeff Mooiji told the Calgary Eyeopener on Thursday. 

The Inglewood Community Association filed an appeal against Clinic 420 in December 2014. But Mooiji fought it and on Feb. 19, he won on the condition his store passes the Crime Prevention Through Environment Design Program.

The program, run by the Calgary Police, uses physical design — such as surveillance cameras, good lighting, fences and signs — to reduce  opportunities for criminal acts to take place. 

Alberta's first medical marijuana clinic would not sell pot, but give consultations to patients on where to buy the right strain for their medical condition. (iStock)

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