Business spotlight: Marijuana dispensary opens on Lakeshore Drive

Eden Medicinal Society recently opened its doors in Salmon Arm. It is a federally registered not-for-profit that opened its first dispensary in Vancouver in 2011.

“I came here to open this dispensary – I’ve been a chef for the last 15 years,” says location manager Clayton Beadle. “When this opportunity came up I decided to jump onboard.”

As a dispensary, they don’t just sell to anyone (over 19) who walks in the door, they need a confirmation of diagnosis, which can be done in one of three ways: a medical prescription, an MMAR (medical marijuana access regulation) paper, or through the doctor Eden has available through Skype from 2 pm – 6 pm, seven days a week.

People use their products for any number of reasons says Clayton.

“We’ve seen people in the door already for Multiple Sclerosis, anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, high blood pressure, and the side effects of chemo.”

Their products include edibles, topical pain creams, liquid tinctures, ingestible capsules, to the ‘traditional bud’ (“We call it flower” says Clayton), and bath salts.

In the new year they will start up their opiate substitution program.

“We’re opening this for the benefit of the community. I’m not sure how bad the opiate crisis is here in the community, but if someone is looking for an alternative to opiates we offer it, on a compassionate basis, complimentary. There is information on our website, or coming in and talking to me would be best.”

Eden is located at 30 Lakeshore Dr NW, across from Lordco. They are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. To contact them you can also visit myeden.ca or phone 1-778-489-3399. To find out more about the opiate substitution program email [email protected]

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