The VCBC’s primary mandate is to provide safe access to medicinal cannabis and cannabis related products for its own membership.
We do our best to offer a broad array of dried cannabis, edible, and topical products at sensible costs to best serve each members needs and treatment requirements. Our members can expect a solid excellent standard is applied to each of our products.
In addition to acting as a dispensary that the VCBC is a community service provider. Our Vapour Lounge is a safe and comfortable environment for our members to swallow their medication when connecting with a diverse group of people in similar circumstances. Our Vapour Lounge is wheelchair accessible and has a Hospital Grade HEPA filtration system.
During activism and education we endeavor to further the legalization and regulation of cannabis in the municipal to the national level. We help both members and public browse the the MMPR application process and supply the necessary paperwork to any who ask.
Health Canada & The MMAR
In 2001, Health Canada enacted a preliminary set of “marihuana medical accessibility regulations” (MMAR). As of January 8th, 2010 4884 persons have an Authorization to Possess dried marihuana under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations. These regulations were in reaction to an Ontario Court of Appeal finding that banning marijuana for medicinal purposes violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The MMARs, as enacted, were created to set a framework to enable the use of marijuana for the relief of pain, nausea and other symptoms by individuals experiencing serious illness where conventional treatments had failed. These exact regulations have been ruled unconstitutional by the Court of Appeal of Ontario twice, along with lower court decisions across Canada. After more then 8 decades and tens of millions of dollars, the MMAR remains inaccessible to most end users of medicinal cannabis in Canada.
We recommend for the licensing of our associates under the MMAR program whenever possible by providing the MMAR paperwork in addition to information and guidance on the best way best to navigate through the procedure. It’s our view that everyone who qualifies to our team is eligible to obtain legal protection to possess cannabis under this system.
In General Council in 2003, Canadian Medical Association delegates passed the following motions: That Canadian Medical Association strongly oppose the use of marijuana for medical reasons in the lack of supporting scientific evidence. That Canadian Medical Association recommends that doctors not engage in the dispensing of medical marijuana under the present Medical Marijuana Access Regulations.
Even though the CMA has since taken a more neutral stance on this issue most physicians across Canada refuse to help patients get into the MMAR program.
Unfortunately we’re not able to refer members to physicians willing to help with this paperwork. We’re also unable to aid in the location of designated growers do to the financial and legal issues involved.
How Can Cannabis Be Consumed?
There are four basic procedures of ingestion of cannabis: smoking, vaporizing, orally, and topically.
Smoking cannabis releases the active elements through combustion that are absorbed through the lungs into the blood stream. Smoking cannabis is the quickest acting method but also has the most health issues involved. Inhaling superheated gases and particulate is by no way the safest solution.
Vapourizing cannabis induces the active ingredients to evaporate into a gas without burning the plant material. It follows that a lesser proportion of carbon dioxide and other unwanted compounds are discharged than by smoking. The finer control of temperature achievable using vapourizers allows specific targeting of cannabinoids to be discharged offering a personally tailored therapeutic impact.
Oral use of cannabis differs in bioavailability characteristics and impacts in comparison to smoking. The effects take longer to start and are typically longer-lasting. This system of consumption can give the best alternative for managing chronic pain and its associated sleep problems while avoiding the need for costly equipment or privacy difficulties. The club strives to offer you the widest assortment of edibles potential while maintaining affordability for it’s members.
Topical use of cannabis has a very long diverse history. Cannabis is a powerful analgesic (pain killer), anti inflammatory, and muscle relaxant even when applied to the skin. The club provides both salves and massages oils of several varieties to deal with a wide assortment of ailments.