"Cannabis Report Card" evaluates B.C. bud

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A report dubbed the “Medical Cannabis Report Card” has released an evaluation of licensed medical marijuana producers across the country.

Visual Capitalist, an independent company that curates visual content on trending business topics, released a 28-page report that was conducted within a two-week time frame in April and looks into the product, pricing and support services of 16 licensed producers in Canada. The report has been released just after a year since the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) came into effect.

Amongst the licensed producers were four B.C. licensed producers: Broken Coast Cannabis, Tilray, Canna Farms and Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp.

Government-approved production facilities are tested for THC, which is responsible for the psychological effects of the product, as well as CBD, which is considered to have certain medical benefits. Broken Coast, based in Ladysmith, has the biggest gap between THC and CBD compound, with under five per cent CBD and nearly 25 per cent THC during the time of testing. The report shows that licensed medical marijuana in British Columbia have a significantly lower percentage of CBD (cannabidiol) over THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in their products.

The report suggests that cost-per-gram in B.C. ranges from just under $5 to a whopping $15: Broken Coast Cannabis based in Ladysmith, B.C. offers stains available from $4.75 to $9 while Tilray in Nanaimo ranges from $6 to $15.

The various licensed producers were evaluated based upon their response times through email, phone and social media. Email and Twitter responses were amongst the best, with stores answering questions and concerns within four hours on average.

Tilray is the only licensed producer who has a 24/7 toll-free phone support line for its health practitioners and customers.

But the report stated that overall, the producers were “very reluctant to give out information on their company or their medicine.” This is often a concern for those who wish to know more information on the products they are buying.

From 2002 to 2015 the number of registered patients in Canada has jumped from 500 to 50,000.

Two spots in the country’s top three medical marijuana producers were awarded to locations in British Columbia.

The visual report can be found here.

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