Local Man Looks to Establish Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Prince George, B.C. – Neal Hagreen has a plan, one that would see prescriptions for medical marijuana delivered to a Prince George patient’s front door.Hagreen is the CEO of Kenderdine Healthy Alternatives and is in the process of obtaining accreditation with the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. The goal is to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Prince George. He has already lined up a building, but says there won’t be any product stored at the site, that it would be more of an information kiosk. The actual medication would be delivered by courier to the patient’s address.
He knows the whole medical marijuana issue is divisive, “Really, we’re not talking about pot heads on a Friday night smoking a joint. We’re talking about people that need medication in order to live. It bothers me that they combine the recreational attributes of this product with its medical quality of this product. As a result we have a tendency to lump them all together, and as a result, we’re able to write off the medical side because of the Cheech and Chong side. The two are entirely different equations.”
According to Hagreen, those in Prince George already receiving prescription ordered marijuana are getting it from sources in the lower mainland. “The irony here is that it ( the medical marijuana) is coming from here. There are medical marijuana operations in the central interior. ” He says he has no affiliation with any of those producers, but the product he hopes to deliver will be sourced from local medical grow operations.
He has sent an open letter to members of the medical community in P.G. but says it’s not a request that they send business his way, more that it was a call for physicians to look at the issue in a more personal manner. The letter reads in part “The need for a program such as this is dire. Many of you know someone who could have benefitted from these types of therapies and is no longer with us.”‘ The letter goes on to say “While we understand the stigma attached to this, we believe its time has come. There are dispensaries in every major centre in British Columbia except this one.”
So far, he has not received any response from anyone in the medical community, but says he really didn’t expect one “The letter wasn’t put out so they could support this and funnel people to me, it was put out to appeal to the human nature of it all.” The letter makes two requests, “All we ask is that you give this letter, good and valuable consideration” and then reads “If you see merit in this proposal please contact me.”
Hagreen is realistic, knowing there are still a lot of hoops to jump through before his plan comes to life “I’ve been jumping through a lot of hoops the last two weeks, I’m getting pretty good at it, I’m learning how to do summersaults.”