Nova Scotia ordered to fund woman’s medical grow-op


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Jun 21, 2007
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The Nova Scotia government has been ordered to approve funding for a disabled woman’s marijuana grow-op.

The province’s Income Assistance Appeals Board ruled that the Department of Community Services must pay Tanya (identified only by her first name because of privacy concerns), a $2,500 setup fee and an additional $100 every three months instead of paying for her medicinal marijuana.

Tanya told CBC News that she and her husband Sam, who is also registered to grow pot for personal use, can only afford to grow six plants, and they sometimes run out. Tanya and Sam’s only income is from social assistance.

Both Sam and Tanya are disabled – she was injured in a car crash, he has glaucoma and a blood disorder – and have Health Canada licences that allow them to grow marijuana for personal use, which they told CBC helps relieve pain. Their licences allow the couple to grow up to a total 25 plants.

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter warned last year of potential costs to the government after a ruling in a similar case.

In March, 2010, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled the province must increase financial assistance to Sally Campbell, who suffered from chronic pain and nausea, so she could afford medical marijuana. The case was brought to the courts after her request was denied by Community Services and the review board.

“The potential for the province to become liable for all manners of therapies, treatments outside of what coverage is normally provided is potentially there in this decision,” Mr. Dexter told the media after the ruling.

Last month Nova Scotia police arrested two licensed growers in Nova Scotia, one who had grown 312 plants when his license allowed only 15.

Nova Scotia had the most licensed grow operations per capita last year, according to Statistics Canada.



I am all for MMJ, but dont make me pay for someone elses.

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