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Brennan said neither licence applies to Eden’s harm-reduction mandate, and both fail to account for the diverse needs of Vancouver’s densest neighbourhoods, including the Downtown Eastside.

She said two nearby dispensaries — The “Blue Door” Real Compassion Society across the street and the Farm Dispensary a half-block over — offer neither the comprehensive expertise nor harm-reduction focus Eden believes its East Hastings location provides.

“It’s a very, very different model from just going in and grabbing your drugs,” she said of her program.

And the response from patients, Brennan says, has been unequivocal.

“One of the things we’re doing here is mitigating social isolation,” she said. “We’re creating a safe space for people to come in and say, ‘I’m struggling. I’m having a human

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