Medical marijuana may be coming to Summerside

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Former Purple Parrot

Craig Gaudet plans to open health centre at former Purple Parrot on Water Street

SUMMERSIDE – Craig Gaudet hopes to soon sell medicinal marijuana in Summerside’s downtown.

Gaudet has an ambitious plan for a vacant Water Street building, known to many as either the old Royal Bank or Purple Parrot building.

His plans are for an unconventional health centre, which would include the province’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

“What we are opening is a whole health and wellness centre,” said Gaudet. “It is based on medical marijuana, but it is also going to have yoga, tai chi, massage, holistic healing, Chakara, herbalist healing — not just the dispensary.”

A former reservist, Gaudet has used medical marijuana for more than 15 years. He was injured in an accident 27 years ago where an armoured personnel carrier ran over him and crushed his legs. Since then, he’s had close to 40 surgeries on his knees.

Gaudet had, at one time, used prescription drugs to help with his pain, but since being prescribed medical marijuana he no longer uses the other drugs.

He believes he is legally entitled to sell medicinal marijuana within his centre to others who are prescribed the drug.

“The Supreme Court of Canada made it quite clear a couple of weeks ago that patients have the right to sell to other patients,” he added.

Health Canada, on the other hand, according to its website, indicates that only producers who are authorized to produce and sell to the public “may sell or provide dried marijuana, fresh marijuana or cannabis oil to eligible persons.”

In P.E.I., there are no such licences issued by Health Canada.

He also hopes to help facilitate the prescribing of medical marijuana.

“We will be looking at bringing in doctors to help patients get prescriptions. If not, we will be taking patients off the Island, in groups, to marijuana-friendly doctors.”

Gaudet has yet to apply for a permit with the city for his new business, something, he added, he plans to do this week.

He has a silent partner in the business venture and says he is close to securing all the financing necessary to open his centre.

Gaudet has been in contact with the mayor and Chief Dave Poirier regarding his plans and has surveyed businesses in the area, with resistance from only one, he said.

“I have had a couple of phone conversations with Mr. Gaudet, but no face to face meetings,” said Poirier. “As far as we know, Health Canada will not be approving any licences for this type of dispensary at this time.”



Organizations: Health Canada, Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Summerside, Water Street

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  • James Halstrum
    September 26, 2016 - 14:22

    Food for thought... With a great number of marijuana Grow-OPs across Canada… how is it that these facilities can now be in full production when it takes at least two and one half years to develop this kind of operation…. With the Liberals in office for just one year… It seems to me that Grow-OPs were approved by the Harper Government = Conservatives…well before the last election...timing in life is every thing... TRUE or FALSE….What does this say about any Governments transparency re: Liberal announcements talking about legalization of marijuana since taking office...timing again.. NOTE: Quick and short term solutions to financial problems lead to long term social consequences = selling out to Organized Crime for taxes, etc... + taxes on smokes, booze, gas..and now marijuana under the governments control = the same game. All in the name of free enterprise = spaced out on the space ship enterprise / earth...= in drug / star wars... Without captain Kirk but with Organized Crime and Government tax collector command...+ Dr. Spock in charge of dispensing Med. Marijuana prescriptions, like snow flakes, globally... Global Governments have been in operation for years... One would think that they would have gotten it right by now... Please share this and give your thoughts on this matter…

  • ShawnFS
    March 26, 2016 - 23:05

    I support Craig 100% also on the way to help sick people get to the willing and really compassionate caring doctors. Graig, Please open one in Charlottetown for sick people like me who use medical marijuana.

  • Sean
    March 25, 2016 - 20:49

    Wow, so you are judging a person with a prior? Look at all your politicians that get away with crime and yet you worship them.

  • laurent Beaulieu
    March 25, 2016 - 19:45

    There is ample Medical studies and scientific facts establishing the need for such places. Canada is not alone here in this field. As for the moral decay argument well that depends on the individual and who is to judge?

  • Summerside Resident
    March 25, 2016 - 19:36

    Mr Gaudets story is misleading to say the least. I would imagine a legal site to sell medical marijuana would be regulation and authority from Health Canada not Mayor Martin and Chief Poirier. Why does this paper print such foolishness when in fact they must know this. One phone call would settle this issue. If I was Mr Gaudet I would be leary of his secret partner he speaks of. This sounds like a pipe dream to me.

  • Clear-thinking Society
    March 25, 2016 - 18:14

    I totally disagree with what Mr. Gaudet is trying to achieve here. Morale decay will be the outcome. I really question the validity of what he's saying in regards to his personal history of drug use. I believe a person looking to pursue this business venture, should be clear of any criminal convictions, too!