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Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) April 22, 2015
National Access Cannabis today announced the appointment of Gulwant Bajwa as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bajwa brings unparalleled industry knowledge to NAC after serving in multiple senior leadership positions in Health Canada’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Bajwa understands how the system works at every level; from compliance and enforcement (for Health Canada’s previous MMAR program) to production and supply, to establishing processes for packaging and testing of marijuana for medical and research purposes. His background makes him a firm believer in Medical Marijuana’s positive impact on patients.
“As a 29 year old in 1992 I fought cancer and experienced the horrible side effects of prescribed morphine pain medications. I couldn’t move or even communicate,” says Bajwa. “That grim time in my life convinced me that there had to be a better way,” he explains. “I know firsthand how hard it is to get effective treatment.”
During his time at Health Canada he began his serious investigation on the efficacy of cannabis by speaking with patients using medical marijuana as part of their treatment.
“I heard dozens of powerful accounts from patients who reported that they could finally sleep again – medical cannabis was the only thing that gave them the pain relief they needed,” says Bajwa. “A big plus that many shared with me was the absence of debilitating side effects.”
“Leading the NAC team I know that I will make a difference in the lives of patients going through what I suffered during my cancer fight,” he adds. “NAC is the ideal model to help Canadians understand how to get safe, informed and responsible access to the benefits of medical marijuana.”
NAC provides education on how Health Canada’s medical marijuana system works. Members are connected with a physician for a medical assessment and NAC assists with selecting a Licensed Producer and submitting the required Health Canada medical documents.
Members also receive pharmacist consultations and ongoing guidance on responsible use while NAC pharmacy software monitors safe usage. In addition, NAC members receive the National Access Cannabis Card, a secure medical marijuana card developed in consultation with law enforcement to assure police that patients are authorized to use medical marijuana.
For more information on Gulwant Bajwa see his full bio here.
About National Access Cannabis (NAC)
NAC is devoted to improving patients’ quality of life by creating local care centres across Canada. NAC facilitates safe access to medical marijuana within the laws and guidelines of Health Canada by connecting our members with physicians, providing pharmacist consultations and pharmacy software to monitor safe usage, and giving members a medical marijuana card for proof of compliance for law enforcement.