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500 Patients in 100 Days and Investing in Australian Companies: Compass Lifestyle Clinics Looks towards the future of Medicinal Cannabis

Australia viewed as one the fastest moving cannabis industries globally

SYDNEY, Australia, Aug. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Starbuds International (“the Company”), parent company to Compass Lifestyle clinics (“Compass”), is pleased to provide an update on its activities since launching its first medical clinic in Sydney Australia in May.

500 patients in 100 days

Within 100 days of opening, Compass Lifestyle Clinics has seen over 500 patients and helped provide safe access to medicinal cannabis under the watch of the Therapeutic Goods Association (“TGA”). The company is now looking to expand its capacity to serve patients across Australia.

Dr. Teresa Towpik wins Doctor of the Year

At the 2019 Cannabis Industry Awards for Australia, the honours of Doctor of the Year were taken home by Compass Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Teresa Towpik. The award comes as further validation for the work Dr. Towpik has done to bring cannabis into the mainstream as a medicinal cannabis advocate in addition to her tireless work both educating doctors around prescribing as well as serving patients.

Investment in Australian Cannabis Grower Medigrowth Australia

The Company has also secured a minority investment in Australian Medicinal cannabis late stage applicant and cultivation company Medigrowth Australia. The investment further strengthens Compass’ position in the supply chain, combining patient-centric advocacy & GP education with a leading Australian medicinal cannabis grower and extractor.
“Our strategic partnership with Compass consolidates our commitment to patient access and advocacy. We look forward to working with the highly respected team at Compass to educate, inspire and innovate.” says Adam Guskich, Co founder of Medigrowth Australia. “Our combined resources will prove instrumental in providing access to pure, safe, trusted and affordable Australian grown pharma grade medicinal cannabis for Australian patients.”

Along with this announcement, Brianna Martyn, Co-Founder of Starbuds International, has been appointed to the Strategic Advisory Board

“Australia has welcomed us with open arms”, says Dave Martyn, President of Compass. “When we did our research, we could see Australians were underserved when it came to safe access to medicinal cannabis. At the same time, from an economic standpoint, we’ve seen what an incredible job creator the cannabis sector has been in Canada. We’ve been fortunate to partner with some of the top cannabis leaders in Australia to play a part in ensuring safe patient access while also helping to grow the industry at large.”

The news at a time when medical cannabis acceptance is rapidly growing. With monthly approvals increasing recent news around the removal of red tape surrounding cannabis companies, Compass is poised to expand it’s presence in Australia as it looks towards multi-clinic expansion as well as further investment opportunities.   

Those interested in learning more about Compass Lifestyle Clinics can do so at or in Canada at

About Compass Cannabis Clinics

Compass Cannabis Clinic is a medical cannabis service provider whose core business is focused on providing educational and consultative services to those looking for access to medicinal cannabis. Compass works with a number of Licenced Producers to ensure the right product for the patient while eliminating product bias for prescribers. With several clinics operating in Canada and over 13,000 patients served, Compass has now expanded into Australia with its first clinic in Sydney. Compass Lifestyle Clinics, located in Sydney, with plans for rapid expansion. Compass also operates recreationally in Canada as Starbuds Canada.

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Daniel Winer
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