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Are you one of Canada’s many new medical cannabis patients? If so, you’re not alone. The number of authorizations has been growing steadily since 2016. New research is opening up more doors, and more medical professionals are accepting medical marijuana as a potential treatment option for their patients.

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If you’ve been using medical marijuana for some time, you may already be working with the staff at a medical cannabis clinic. Is it really the best clinic for you? You might want to find a new clinic, especially if you can count any of these factors in your decision.


1. Their Legal Status Isn’t Clear

Maybe you signed up with the local “clinic” because it was close. There’s a clear difference between dispensaries and legitimate medical cannabis clinics. Dispensaries sometimes try to bill themselves as clinics.

Even some clinics have had trouble with the law. If your current clinic seems to have a questionable past, it might be a good sign you want to seek out a new clinic. Most medical cannabis clinics are legitimate establishments, but there will always be a few “bad apples.”

How can you know the legitimacy of the clinic? Having medical cannabis on site is a sign of an illegal clinic.

This is the most important indicator that you should switch clinics immediately.


2. Your Current Medical Cannabis Clinic Is Nowhere Near You

If you’ve been using medical cannabis for some time, you may have signed up with a service because it was available.

New clinics are opening all the time, and some of them may be more conveniently located for you. This is especially true for people who live outside of major city centres.


3. The Medical Staff Isn't Collaborative

The staff doesn’t seem to have time for your questions. You want to work with them to find the best solutions but it’s becoming more difficult to get your medical team to collaborate.

If this sounds like your situation, it may be time to switch medical cannabis clinics. Search for a clinic that employs a great team of professionals who believe in patient-centred care.


4. You’re Dissatisfied with the Service

Has your current clinic been underserving you? Maybe they seem overwhelmed by the number of patient cases they’re seeing, or there are too many patients and not enough staff. Appointments take weeks to acquire.

Perhaps communication hasn’t been as good as it should be, or the clinic hasn’t been issuing authorization renewals in a timely manner.

All of these are good reasons to look for a new medical cannabis clinic. With a little research, you can find a clinic that will support you in your use of medical cannabis every step of the way.


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Dr. Michael Verbora

Michael earned an MBA from the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business in 2009 and an M.D. from Schulich School of Medicine at Western University in 2013, before entering a Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto. A member of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, Doctors for Responsible Access and the Canadian Pain Society, he has completed over 2,000 cannabinoid therapy consultations and has presented many talks in community and hospital settings while serving as student health physician at Seneca College and Medical Director, Canabo Medical Clinic.

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