V. CANNABIS SUPPLY
1. Quality of Cannabis
Dispensary clients using medical cannabis may have depleted immune systems
or chemical sensitivity. It is essential that medical cannabis dispensed at
compassion clubs is free of chemicals, harmful microbiological contaminants,
and any other potentially toxic agents.
During the cultivation of medical cannabis, caution must be taken to avoid
contamination from chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides, as well as
potentially dangerous pathogens like yeast, moulds, mildews and fungi. Clubs
should strive to offer an organic supply of cannabis with the eventual goal of
seeing all Canadian cannabis dispensaries distribute only organic cannabis and
b. Quality Control
Dispensaries should have quality control standards for raw cannabis, medicated
food, tinctures and other cannabis products.
There are several mechanisms to assess quality and to identify problems,
including visual and tactile inspection, laboratory testing, and batch numbers.
All of these must be used by cannabis dispensaries where relevant and when
possible. Ideally, all dispensaries would be able to obtain laboratory data on
heavy metals, pesticides and biological impurities. However under the current
legal regime there are no labs in Canada licensed to test cannabis for end-users.
Organic and Foodsafe certification are also recommended where possible.
2. Cannabis Suppliers
Cannabis cultivators are an integral part of any community-based distribution
model. In order to provide a variety of high quality strains to clients at the
lowest possible cost, dispensaries have the right to purchase medicine from
experienced, dedicated and ethical cannabis cultivators in a secure and
To maintain due diligence around cultivators and production methods and to
reduce risk to the cultivator in the climate of prohibition, several protocols
should be followed:
All cultivators should sign a contract with the dispensary. Potential cultivators
will participate in a personal interview before receiving a contract, and will
agree to supply cannabis only to medical cannabis dispensaries. The contract
should be reviewed on a yearly basis.
b. Inspection Protocol
Dispensaries will inspect the contracted cultivation facilities on at least a yearly
basis to ensure the cleanliness and safety of the production site and that the
scale of the operation does not exceed the amount supplied to the dispensary.
The facility will be inspected for plant numbers, integrity of property, safety,
cleanliness, air quality, cultivation products and mediums, and the general
health of the plants. Any structural damage to property (unless owned by the
cultivator) or molds/mildews/fungi are considered unacceptable and may result
in termination of contract.
c. Number of Suppliers
Dispensaries will work with as many cultivators as necessary to fulfill the
demand for quantity, quality, affordability, and variety of strains.
d. Cultivator Protection
It is imperative that cultivators be legally protected for their part in providing
cannabis to those in need. In the meantime, dispensaries will ensure the names
of cultivators and the location of their facility is kept confidential. Dispensaries
will support cultivators by testifying in court should this be necessary.
Cultivators will be given a contract that they can display at their production
(See Section VII (4) for information resources about cannabis cultivation)