Saskatchewan

Medical marijuana liaison shop opens in Regina

Cannabis Health Clinic opened March 1 in Regina. It handles paperwork and offers advice for people seeking medical marijuana.

Cannabis Health Clinic assists medical marijuana patients

Ryan Murray opened Cannabis Health Clinic in Regina in March. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

A man who uses medical marijuana to ease the pain of his arthritis has started a Regina business to assist others wanting to use cannabis for medical reasons.

"There are a lot of people afraid of the whole medical marijuana thing," said Cannabis Health Clinic owner Ryan Murray.

"They don't know how to use it. They don't know how to access it. I'm here to help."

Medical marijuana use is legal if a patient has a prescription from a licensed physician. The patient must also obtain the cannabis from a licensed distributor.

That's where Murray comes in.

Through his company, he helps patients register online with one of a half dozen licensed cannabis producers from across Canada. 

He also emails the necessary documents to Health Canada.

Growing clientele

Murray charges a one time fee of $40. 

He said has 350 clients and that number is growing.

"I'm a liaison for the customers. Many are in their 50s, 60s and even their 70s and some aren't comfortable with the paperwork," said Murray.

I'm a liaison for the customers.- Ryan Murray

"And I've been in the cannabis industry for 15 years. I know how different cannabis strains work for different people."

Murray said a licensed physician is the one deciding the cannabis strain or dosage, not him.

He said once the paperwork is sent off, a patient should receive their medical marijuana in the mail within five days.

But although he's not prescribing their medical marijuana needs, Murray said a patient is free to come to him with any follow-up questions. 

"I'm a happy face. They're talking to someone who doesn't intimidate them." said Murray. "Doctors do contact me asking questions about this, that and the other thing. 

"Ultimately, the doctors do know best. But I'm comfort, security for patients. I'm just someone who doesn't make them feel uncomfortable about using cannabis." 

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