New Barrie walk-in clinic can prescribe medical cannabis, two specific groups of patients selected

Avail Cannabis operates the walk-in clinic from an east-end pharmacy

A family walk-in clinic has opened in an east-end Barrie pharmacy is equipped to serve about 50 medical cannabis patients a day.

Avail Cannabis recently opened the clinic in Express Aid Pharmacy at 477 Grove Street East.

The company also operates a clinic in Orillia.

“We have authorizations to provide medical cannabis for military veterans and motor vehicle accident victims.” said Justin Whitehall, Avail clinic director.

He says Avail found they are really in need of this medication and can be benefiting from the it most.

Avail also gets many referrals from a local oncology department.

“We take pride in serving the terminally ill as well.” said Whitehall.

He says patients that are terminally ill don’t usually come with loads of insurance documentation to be completed but adds that based on Avail’s services to military veterans and motor vehicle accident victims, they have become specialists at completing the insurance documents for those patients.

The ability to walk into a clinic and be prescribed medical cannabis means that people in the past who may have taken another route to get marijuana no longer have to go down that path.

“At least you can depend on the source and the quality of cannabis because you can really be able to analyze what exactly those compounds are in the plant,” says Whitehall. “Licensed producers are required by Health Canada to list it on the bottle so you know exactly what you are getting.”

He says Health Canada has put a cap of 150 grams that can be distributed at one time to a patient. On average, the Barrie clinic provides one to 3 grams per day.

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