I have always been a big proponent of dispensaries because I worked in what could be considered a “best practice” club as part of my initial research. As I was reading the research and trying to place how these organizations “fit”, I also saw how valuable their services are to patients. But, with the influx of dispensaries opening in Toronto and Vancouver, the competition to acquire members, I can’t help but be critical of what’s happening around us.
In the meantime, the premature openings of what is really ‘recreational’ access are shaping a more complex argument. I should start out by saying if you want to open a recreational storefront, then by no means let me stop you: Canadians want access to a recreational market – that is clear – but don’t call yourself medical and then implement the type of intake procedures and overall practices that make all medical dispensaries look like shady, back alley dispensers.