Posted by timzhead on November 27, 2008

Tim Selenski, 24, was licensed through Health Canada almost a year ago to grow marijuana for a Regina man who is allowed to possess the drug for medical reasons. Until last week, Selenski was growing his first medicinal marijuana crop out of his home, next to his cannabis specialty shop, Head to Head Novelties in the 2900 block of Dewdney Ave.

He is currently licensed to grow up to 15 plants for distribution to the patient. Because of the nature of the product, Selenski said he has taken numerous security measures to protect the operation, including cameras, alarms, guard dogs and a tall chain link fence.

“I’m a small jail here,” he said.

Even so, when he tried to have the equipment needed for the grow operation insured for about $3,000, he was told by his primary insurer to dismantle the operation within 30 days or risk losing his insurance on his shop and home as well, he said.

“And that’s on my house, store, everything,” said Selenski. “There’s $120,000 worth of equity in my life that I’ve built up. Just to throw away for 10 plants, it wasn’t worth it.”

That insurance company, Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Co., did not provide an immediate response Wednesday, with media inquiries being forwarded to head office for reply.

After being refused by that company, Selenski said he took his request to 11 other companies, all of which similarly refused to insure the grow operation.

One of those companies was Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), he said.

SGI spokesperson Barbara Cross said in general they don’t cover marijuana grow operations at this time, even if it is a licensed operation, because it is considered too high-risk.

“It’s a controlled substance,” she said. “There can be implications for overloads on the electrical system of the building. There can be increased humidity and possibly mold considerations … We don’t tend to insure unusual or high-risk situations as an insurance company. Ours tend to be more ordinary types of coverage situations.”

Cross said there are some insurance companies that do take on unusual or higher-risk situations, though she did not know if licensed marijuana grow operations were among the situations those companies might insure.

Because of the insurance problems, Selenski dismantled his grow operation last week, cutting down and getting rid of the plants.

“I try to keep squeaky clean legally because I don’t want to lose my shop,” he said.

But he added it may mean his customer will be left without much marijuana until Selenski can get to B.C., where he plans to move and set up a new grow operation for the use of the Regina patient.

Currently, people suffering from illnesses such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis can apply to Health Canada to possess marijuana for medical purposes.

December 8, 2005

source for story http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=ca363274-21bd-4c01-84b5-f44ea52b5df6

5 Responses to “Gone to Pot”

  1. Scarebear Says:

    BC Loves You! Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :)

  2. Jamy Says:

    Hey Tim, Im a MMAR patient in ontario. i just put through a claim to cover 6000 of growing equipment and 20 000 in medication Ive been going through battle after battle with the company as they refuse to contact me or let me know whats going on with my claim, ill keep you posted congrats on your win… Im looking into taking this to the supreme court as apparently its a issue pertaining to the insurance act

  3. timzhead Says:

    Ya man we are working on the expansion hopefully by summer. Thanks for the support.

  4. farebrother Says:

    so one day i heard you guys are going to start showcasing the hydro grows in the shop?

    Is this true in the future?

  5. timzhead Says:

    Just a classic example of how much you cant believe the media.
    Hi This Is Tim Selenski the owner of Head 2 Head we have never moved from our location at 2923 Dewdney AVE. In Regina SK. We did find insurance finely from Edmonton Alberta. Still to this day we are fighting to make the world a better place. By putting the Question of morality to the steadily increasing mass of people waking up to how free we really are.

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