At 59, Sam Mellace might at first glance seem a guy who wants nothing more from life. But behind the easy smile is a federally licensed marijuana grower. But what makes him different from the 26,000 other authorized marijuana medicine growers is that he is also the owner of the New Age Medical clinic, Danforth, Canada, which was opened with the sole intention of helping ailing patients through the use of marijuana, just as it had helped him some time ago.
A few years ago, Mellace had been the victim of a terrible car accident, and it was during rehabilitation that he got himself addicted to opiates and medicines. As a result, he was later suffering from numerous health problems like liver problems and diabetes, but luckily for him, he turned to marijuana medicine. “With the law as it stood then, I should have been dead five years ago. But, due to the use of the marijuana products that we’ve developed, I’m still here and alive to talk about this. My diabetes is gone; the liver disorder and blood disorders I had are gone. And I can only attribute that to marijuana.”
As soon as you walk into the New Age Medical Clinic, you are greeted with a warm and smile by the receptionist at the desk. The long waiting halls to the examination rooms are all enough for you to mistake it for another regular health medical clinic. Other than the strong smell, there really is no other telltale of the marijuana. The clinic boasts of qualified doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists, all ready to offer their services to anyone who needs them.
Through his clinic, Mellace tries to help out people who have become addicted to prescribed narcotics. He believes that people will eventually turn to the streets if they can no longer obtain prescriptions from their doctor. His clinic helps people get off opiates, cocaine, heroine, oxycontins and the like. Other than that there’s alternative medicine to replace the conventional allopathic, to help out people suffering from various ailments. What Mellace does is detract the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) component from the marijuana plant, the element that is responsible for giving a high, leaving behind only the useful chemicals.
Presently the Food and Drugs Act has not assessed the safety and quality of marijuana, and so it cannot be sold as a therapeutic product. But Mellace is of the opinion that if he can get legal permission to incorporate this altered form of marijuana into products like chocolates and cookies, lotions and creams, he would be able to render help to a wider audience.