Trees ~ Island Grown

It’s the eve of cannabis legalization in Canada, and as the world watches on, we’re still trying to keep up with all the information being thrown at us.

To help everyone make sense of it all, Trees – Island Grown – a local craft cannabis retailer – has been hosting a series of FREE educational seminars, titled ‘Higher Learning’ at their flagship location on Yates Street.

Their first event on October 4th was centered around the effects of cannabis and the province’s new legislations; and the second seminar on October 11th focused on safe consumption, and what products are right for your specific needs.

The third and final session

For their last segment, Trees is bringing back their three reigning industry experts to talk to you about using cannabis to manage pain, replacing prescription medication with cannabis, and how people can overcome opioid addictions with the use of cannabis.


  • Sarah Lovegrove (RN, BscN, BA, MA)
  • Andrew McLachlan of McLachlan Farms, Canada’s first not-for-profit medical cannabis farm
  • Doug Clarke, Trees – Island Grown’s medical cannabis subsidy officer.

All three panelists are experienced in consulting with patients from all walks of life who have sought out medicinal marijuana as a treatment alternative to their prescription medications.

“It’s going to be a tricky topic to discuss because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution here,” says Andrew McLachlan.

Because not every cannabis product will be right for every individual or circumstance, this seminar will revolve around the discussion of when, where, and how to seek advice on cannabis treatment alternatives, and what to look out for.

The day after legalization

This seminar will take place on October 18th – just one day after recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada – so there will also be a conversation about what that means.

“We’ll talk about what’s ahead, reflect on what’s transpired in the past and where to move forward from here in terms of laws, and as a community,” says McLachlan.

“It’s definitely a big shift right now, but things won’t all change overnight. So I think these events are very important as a community to encourage an open dialogue, and inform ourselves as consumers and community members about what’s taking place.”

Time to celebrate as well

Nevertheless, many see Canada’s move to legalize cannabis as a step in the right direction.

So to celebrate, Trees will also be hosting a legalization party on October 17th, at their flagship location on Yates St.

The evening will feature live music, DJ’s, art, food and drink to commemorate the big day. Click here for more information about the event.

Trees Island Grown Presents: Higher Learning

  • When: Thursday, October 18th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Where: 546 Yates St.
  • Admission: FREE

Must be 19+ years of age to attend. Identification must be provided.

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