Mar­i­juana clinic opens

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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