Marijuana clinic opens
Cornwall has a new clinic for people who want to access med- ical marijuana.
The Bodystream clinic, located at 220 Pitt St., celebrated its grand opening last Wednesday morn- ing. With the Cornwall office, Bodystream now has 19 such clinics in Ontario.
Christine Thauvette, the clinic’s
supervisor, and Erika Calhoun, Bodystream’s marketing coordinator, are quick to dispel the stigma that comes with marijuana. “It’s not what you tried in college,” they say, explaining that the marijuana plant can be turned into medicine to help people deal with chronic pain, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and many other ailments.
They’re also quick to let the public know what the clinic does not do. For one thing, it does not stock marijuana in any form. A person cannot go to the clinic at 1 p.m. and walk out with marijuana at 1:15. Accessing it is a far more complex process.
“Patients have to have a supporting document showing that they have an ailment,” says Ms.
Thauvette. “They never walk out of here with a prescription.”
After a patient is admitted, he or she will have a tele-conference with a doctor who has been trained in medical marijuana. After the doctor and patient meet, the doctor would then decide if medical marijuana is a suitable treatment.
He or she would also decide what particular strain of marijuana would be useful. It can be prescribed as a pill, an oil, or other forms.
The drug would later be shipped directly to the patient’s home by a Health Canada-approved provider.
“Patients get a thorough education on cannabis,” says Ms. Thauvette. “There are several
strains and not all of them will alter your mental state.”
Bodystream is seeing a lot of seniors who are looking for alternatives to the pharmaceuticals they’ve been using.
There are 18 people on a waiting list to see a doctor.
Ms. Thauvette says she’d like to hire one or two more administrators to run the clinic and eventually start pulling in between 40 and 50 patients a week like the Bodystream clinic in Peterborough.
GRAND OPENING: Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services opened its newest clinic in Cornwall on Jan. 29. Presiding over the ribbon cutting ceremony are Josh O’Reilly of the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, Adrian Bugella of MP Guy Lauzon’s office, Bodystream Media Coordinator Erika Calhoun, Cornwall Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, clinic super visor Christine Thauvette, and Cornwall City Councillor Justin Towndale.