From Phillip’s Desk:
Dear Friends, Partners & Shareholders,
As many of you know, Medcan has been heavily involved in the burgeoning Medical Cannabis Industry in Puerto Rico. It has been an exciting roller-coaster ride that continues to provide invaluable learning experiences. Dante has been in Puerto Rico for the past six months working directly with the Department of Health to help shape regulations and to implement an education and certification program for Doctors, Cultivation, and Occupational Licensees.
Medcan was the first education company to be authorized by the Health Department to provide certification courses to both Doctors wanting to recommend cannabis and to potential occupational licensees who want to work in the industry. The response to these courses has been overwhelming. Every class that has been offered fills to capacity with people excited to be a part of this new and exhilarating industry. The response from Doctors is especially reassuring, since at the genesis of the program they seemed to be hesitant to voice their support. Now, however, they are lining up to be a part of the program. Hopefully this is an indication of how Doctors will act in Texas as they become more educated and comfortable with the idea of prescribing cannabis to their patients.
Medcan is proposing for the DPS to implement a similar certification program in Texas as the one in Puerto Rico. We believe this is in the best interest of all Texans and would demonstrate that Texas is serious about having the best medical cannabis industry in the Nation. Even though the Compassionate Use Program is projected to be relatively small in the beginning; it seems very likely that this program will be expanding in the near future. Such a program benefits everyone involved; the doctors get the information that they need to provide quality care, the people who will be working in the industry learn what is expected of them and the State and citizens are reassured that qualified people are involved in the industry.
Puerto Rico is ahead of Texas in the fact that they are already accepting applications and issuing licenses to cultivators. Medcan represents several clients there and has already taken some through the entire process, all the way to getting their license. Dante will be returning to Texas this month and is eager to share all of the lessons that he has learned while navigating the application process.
Texas will soon be moving as fast as Puerto Rico and it is important that we all are prepared to move with it. Medcan’s involvement in Puerto Rico is a blessing for Texas and our clients, because we are already well seasoned and running in high gear. Medcan has vast experience in dealing with government offices and officials and a track record of being able to effect positive change. This is incredibly pertinent in Texas when dealing with the DPS, who are very supportive but new to the cannabis industry. Medcan has been able to offer suggestions; guidance; and feedback throughout the entire existence of the Texas Compassionate Use Program and we will continue to have an active dialog and positive relationship with the DPS, moving into the future.