Musician Shawn Brush crowd-funding cost of medical marijuana

Instead of popping a pill or using an IV, local musician Shawn Brush smokes his pain medication.

But because he can't afford his medical marijuana prescription on his Ontario Disability Support Program money, he is turning to the community for help.

Brush, 45, has a marijuana licence prescription to treat pain caused by a rare metabolic condition called Morquio syndrome. It has caused his dwarfism and affects all of his bones and tissues, he says. His joints, for example, are abnormally flexible and unstable.

"I've had broken bones all my life," he says. "There's a lot of pain."


Company takes serious approach

There are few, if any, facilities like this in North America.

ABcann Medicinals Inc. opened its door to the media Wednesday afternoon.

The medicinal marijuana company has been operating near the end of a quiet road on the outskirts of Napanee since the new year.

The facility was constructed in an existing building, but from the outer walls inward is all brand new and high-tech.

When fully up and running, chief operating officer Geoff Davis said, ABcann Medicinals will be able to produce from between 36 to 55 kilograms (80 to 120 pounds) of medicinal marijuana per month -- enough of the drug to supply about 2,500 patients.

"Hopefully, we are going to grow and have more jobs for the people in Napanee and Greater Napanee," Davis said.


Barrie poised to sell property to marijuana producer

Politicians will discuss selling some land tonight to enable a medical marijuana plant to grow in the city.

City economic development staff has negotiated a $600,000 agreement for a 4.8-acre industrial site on Rawson Avenue.

Skytek Pharmaceuticals is proposing to invest $7 million in Barrie, partially to build a 65,000-square-foot building, which would house a production and research facility at 36 to 48 Rawson Ave.

The site is in the South Barrie Industrial Park, south of Mapleview Drive and east of Hwy. 400.

“It’s in an area we thought it would be. It’s industrial,” said Coun. John Brassard, who chairs the city’s infrastructure, investment and development services committee.


B.C. company buys Ferndale center for marijuana businesses

A Vancouver, B.C., company has bought a business center at 2010 Grandview Road for $1.2 million and plans to lease space to licensed marijuana growers and processors.

Chlormet Technologies bought the 9.7-acre parcel in Ferndale through its Washington state subsidiary PacCan Industries, according to a company news release.

The seller was Excelsior Mortgage Equity Fund of Lake Oswego, Ore.

The property is zoned general business.


MedReleaf Corp. Announces Exclusive Partnership with Compassionate Care Center of New York

MedReleaf Corp. a leading Canadian manufacturer of medical-grade cannabis has announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership in New York State with Compassionate Care Center of New YorkTM (CCCNYTM) a leading biopharmaceutical company applying to become one of five Registered Organizations authorized in New York State to serve the condition-specific palliative needs of qualifying patients with safe and accessible pharmaceutical-grade therapeutics derived from the cannabis plant.


Exploring the effects of marijuana use on driving ability

TORONTO — A new law has been passed which imposes hefty fines for driving under the influence of marijuana in this province. I thought this was a good time to look at what evidence we actually have for the effects of marijuana on driving and accidents.


Health Canada's Updated Site Highlights Vast Majority of Cannabis Producers in Ontario

Health Canada has recently updated its licenced producers web page with additional licensee information and a newly-designed map. Interestingly the map very clearly and graphically highlights the much higher number of licensed cannabis producers in Ontario. In fact, Ontario has more licensed producers than all other provinces combined. Below is an up-to-date listing of all the licencees, which shows the breakdown, as well as information on the licence type (cultivator, seller, or both) and when they were approved.

Number of licensed producers by province or territory


Marijuana candies make their first appearance in Sarnia-Lambton

The first police seizure of marijuana candies in Sarnia got a man fined $800 in Sarnia court.

Vencel Ronald Petrany, 20, of Sarnia pleaded guilty Wednesday to the Jan. 8 possession of tetrahydrocannabinol for trafficking.

A police officer confronted Petrany who had been drifting – the controlled sliding of a vehicle – in a high school parking lot. The officer asked for Petrany's driver's licence. Petrany opened the centre console to get his licence and the officer saw a bag with numerous smaller bags inside that contained what appeared to be red candies.

Petrany said he had been given the candies and they might be the hallucinogenic stimulant ecstasy.

Tests showed the candies were tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana.


MDs getting paid up to $350 per patient for medical marijuana referrals, despite bans

TORONTO — Doctors and clinics are receiving fees of as much as $350 per patient from medical-marijuana producers eager to snag customer referrals, despite professional rules in some provinces that explicitly outlaw such payments, producers say.

Physicians working under federal law do not prescribe a specific brand of cannabis, but some try to steer patients toward particular cannabis suppliers – and expect reimbursement, industry members report.

Doctors sometimes tell companies the money is to subsidize the cost of verifying patient information, or providing marijuana-related services to patients not covered by medicare.


Decision hanging over medical marijuana facility

The governing council of the Rural Municipality of Wilton has an interesting proposal on their plate, following a public hearing that was held by the council on Thursday.

The topic of the hearing was an application by representatives of Agro Greens Natural Products Ltd, who are seeking the approval of a development application for a medical marijuana facility.

According to Glen Dow, reeve of the RM, the owners of the business approached council six months earlier, and asked about the council’s possible reaction to the business proposal.

“They stopped in and said ‘we’re considering this, does council have any absolute prohibitions to say get out of here, don’t ever come back?’”

“Council said no,” said Dow.


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