Medicinal cannabis dispensary Better Leaf opens its doors in the north Melbourne suburb of Brunswick today with a host of local dignitaries marking the occasion.
To celebrate the opening, Better Leaf has invited community leaders, doctors and advocates to connect and discuss how to reduce the stigma associated with the medicine and improve patient access.
Reason Party leader Fiona Patten, who will speak at the event at Brunswick Mess Hall, said: “I have been a long-time champion and advocate for medicinal cannabis in Victoria.
“While we are still having to combat myths about this medicine, having businesses like Better Leaf on our high streets certainly helps.
“There is more legislative reform needed, but we are seeing that the community once again is ahead of our parliaments in their acceptance and support for medicinal cannabis.
“It is very good news that my constituents… have such an informative and compassionate place to come.”
The event will also feature talks from Dr Carolyn Bosak (Your Integrated Health),
registered psychiatric nurse Josh Mitchell (Better Leaf) and Rebecca Doyle (Althea).
Better Leaf owner Michael Abelman said: “It is our mission to make medical cannabis more accessible to the local community and Australia-wide by connecting potential patients with caring and experienced independent prescribers, no matter where they are located.
“Bettering your health should be simple, accessible and come without the worry of stigma or judgement.
“The team at Better Leaf aim to keep the process straightforward and convenient so potential patients feel supported and educated about their available options.
“Our experienced nurses and pharmacists are also helping new doctors in navigating the initiation of medical cannabis for their patients, so the perceived barriers are reduced.”