As some of you may be aware, Ottawa’s sixth medical marijuana dispensary, Magna Terra, was recently announced to open soon on Iber Road.
I feel it is important to state that while it is known to be our current Federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana sale in the near future, the drug – as well as its dispensaries – at the present time still remains illegal. To that end, I am not comfortable with an unlicensed business of this nature operating within our community at the present time.
Although I can appreciate the medicinal qualities and pain relief these products may offer, there are sufficient distribution channels and networks already available to receive those medications such as Tweed, a licensed mail-order dispensary based in Smiths Falls.
If/when these establishments obtain licenses, the federal government will put markers in terms of distribution that will facilitate operations. However, until that time, I will be working very closely with Ottawa Police Service and City of Ottawa By-Law departments to ensure that proper enforcement is in play.
I have been in contact with the owners and have been assured that this particular facility will include a doctor on site and should only be servicing people with pre-existing prescriptions for purchase. In my initial conversations with owner, Franco Vigile, I had mentioned to him to go and consult with our planning department and to hold a public consultation session before moving forward.
I have now been advised that once opened, the owners will be inviting the public in to see their operations as an open house setting with no displays of product.
Until that time, I will remain in communications with Mr. Vigile and will be providing community updates as those conversations progress.
What is Stittsville’s opinion on medical marijuana dispensaries in our area? Please share with me your thoughts and ideas on the matter by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.
No specific date has been set as of yet regarding when the shop will open.