Meet the cannabis advocacy group partnering with one of Canada's leading HIV/AIDS centres

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  About a year ago, Christina Michael, the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based independent retailer Marigolds Cannabis, started making a plan to approach the Dr. Peter Centre about forming a partnership.  Since 1997, the Dr. Peter Centre has been providing stigma-free care to those living with HIV/AIDS with a broad range of clinical supports, harm reduction initiatives and other support services. In 2002, the centre made headlines by becoming the first health care facility in North America to include supervised consumption in its model of care.  This Nova Scotia company is thriving on fish-fuelled cannabis Cannabis gift cards now available at convenience stores in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan Canadian companies pushing the cannabis envelope “They were number one on the list of organizations I wanted to approach,” Michael, who opened Marigolds in October 2020, tells The GrowthOp. “I align very well with how they approach their work and advocacy.”  So in August 2020, Michael says she emailed the facility and pitched them a new women-led initiative called Cannabis For Harm Reduction (CFHR). Michael is the CEO, but in this case, the acronym takes on a less traditional meaning: Collective Embodiment Officer. “We decided we don’t want any chiefs,” Michael says. “ And what we embody is our four pillars; inclusion, collaboration, education, and community.” It wasn’t long until Scott Elliott, the executive director of the Dr. Peter Centre, wrote back. He was interested. “You’re the first person in cannabis to ever approach us,” he told Michael.  The group hit the ground running. Their first public initiative was a winter clothing drive in December. CFHR tapped their network of cannabis industry contacts and asked about the clothing that…

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