Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Medical Marijuana User Says New Health Canada Regulations Are Discriminating

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Medical Marijuana User Says New Health Canada Regulations Are Discriminating

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Medical pot user says new regulations unfair

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HALIFAX - A medical marijuana user in Nova Scotia says he would rather go to jail than stop growing his own pot after changes to Health Canada regulations preventing cultivation at home.

Bob Dillman says he and his wife were arrested at their Halifax home on March 4 and charged with production and possession of marijuana after years of being permitted by Health Canada to grow it for medical purposes. They are due in court next month.

Dillman was denied his latest license renewal because Health Canada is phasing out the home-growing program and replacing it with authorized producers, he said.

But he said he cannot afford to buy marijuana from approved suppliers and it could conflict with his chemical sensitivities.

"I can't use the stuff. So I have to grow my own. I have no option," he said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Dillman uses marijuana to medicate a range of health conditions including arthritis and chronic pain. He said his body cannot handle pharmaceutical drugs.

Debbie Stultz-Giffin, chairwoman of Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana, said cannabis is the only thing that controls Dillman's symptoms and it's the only medication that his body will physically tolerate.

"What's the point of sending a man like this, perhaps, to prison?" she asked at the news conference.

Stultz-Giffin said the new system is unfair to marijuana users like Dillman.

Health Canada says on its website that approved producers will ensure quality-controlled marijuana is produced in a sanitary setting. …

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