The North Island Compassion Club (NICC) is holding a Cannabis for Health Forum on Sunday April 25, 1-4pm at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Admission by donation (CDN$ and cw$) or free.

Presenters include Ted Smith and Gayle Qin from the Cannabis Buyers’ Club of Canada, based in Victoria; Mik Mann, a licensed grower and Marijuana Access Regulations Advocate; a panel of NICC members; and plenty of time for questions and discussion.

According to the Canadian Government website, “Health Canada grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses” such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS. Since the program covers fewer than 4,000 people in Canada, many use compassion clubs and friends to secure good, clean cannabis.

Although smoking is the preferred method for immediate relief, there are many other ways to use cannabis as edibles, oils, salves, & balms. Ted and Gayle have developed 29 edible and skin products that are now available through NICC and their recipes are available at

To join NICC and purchase cannabis products requires proof of medical/therapeutic condition. For more information, see the Cannabis for Health Facebook group or phone 250 871 5207.

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