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article imageNova Scotia told to help with medical marijuana costs

By Lynn Curwin     Jun 21, 2011 in Health
Amherst - The province of Nova Scotia has been ordered to help cover the costs of a growing operation for a woman's medical marijuana.
Tanya and Sam, who are in their 40s, have licences from Health Canada to grow up to 25 plants but the couple, who are on social assistance, said they can only afford to have six.
When the Department of Community Services turned down a request for help Tanya went to the Income Assistance Appeals Board, which decided the agency should pay a setup cost of $2,500 (£1,569), and $100 (£63) every three months for supplies.
"When I don't smoke marijuana I have so much pain that I don't want to get out of bed," Tanya, who was injured in a car crash, told the CBC. "I have no energy, I don't want to do nothing."
Her husband, who has glaucoma and a blood disorder, is preparing a separate lawsuit against the department, the cabinet minister and the appeals board.
"It's seriously a miracle drug that needs to be recognized a lot more than it's recognized at this point in time," he told the CBC.
The Chronicle Herald reported that Community Services spokeswoman Kristen Tynes said the department has referred the appeals board'sdecision to its legal counsel, but would not say if they planned to appeal.
Last year, a Halifax woman on social assistance who suffers from several health issues, won a five-year battle to have the costs of her medical marijuana covered.
The National Post reported that, , according to Statistics Canada, Nova Scotia had the most licensed grow operations per capita in the country last year.
Police report that some people abuse their licences by growing more plants than they are allowed. Earlier this year, a man with a licence to grow 15 plants was caught with 312.
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