October 13, 2017 1:25 pm
Updated: October 13, 2017 8:52 pm

UBCO research suggests selling marijuana in store-front dispensaries works well


Store-front dispensaries are a “tried and true” method of distributing marijuana and should be allowed to continue selling cannabis when recreational use is legalized next year.

So say UBC-Okanagan associate professor Zach Walsh and PhD candidate Rielle Capier. The pair recently published a study on medicinal cannabis dispensaries.

“We want to think this paper may, in some way, guide policy to create a system that works,” said Capier in a media release.

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About 450 therapeutic marijuana users were asked to compare different methods of purchasing pot on factors such as quality, availability and efficiency.

Most preferred buying from an independent store-front rather than dealers or growing the plants themselves.

“Dispensaries are not new and they provide a proven, valuable service,” said Capler. “While some are thought of as a nuisance, in reality many of these dispensaries are small, independent, long-standing businesses who serve a dedicated clientele.”

The research found the biggest complaint from survey participants is it often costs more to buy from a dispensary than a street dealer.

Last month, the Ontario government announced its plan to sell marijuana from dedicated stores run by the province’s liquor control board.

READ MORE: Ontario to sell marijuana in 150 government-run stores; must be used in ‘private residences’


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