Saskatoon’s Second Avenue North may become a medical marijuana hub as two businesses aimed at providing people with information on the drug have set up shop in the city’s downtown.
In the month of January, both National Access Cannabis (NAC) and Natural Health Services (NHS) opened their doors to people of Saskatoon seeking answers on medical marijuana.
Unlike the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, which was raided by police in 2015, the businesses house no marijuana on-site and aim to educate, encouraging patients to purchase from the federal government’s 38 licensed distributors as opposed to storefront dispensaries or on the street.
Kait Shane, director of patient care at National Health Services’ Calgary location, was in the city for the opening of the Saskatoon location Friday. She wasn’t aware another medical marijuana information business was located nearby, but said the more education, the better.
“There’s definitely room for everybody,” she said.
Shane hopes both doctors and patients can become better informed on medical marijuana, as it can be used to treat epilepsy, Crohn’s disease and insomnia, noting Saskatchewan patients would sometimes travel to NHS locations in Alberta.