Personal stories on medical marijuana

Cannabis dispensaries provide a way for suffering patients to take pleasure in life again

Re: ‘Police say dispensary is illegal,’ Jan. 20 edition of The NEWS.

Indeed, cannabis dispensaries are illegal. Unfortunately, this is a bad law that causes a great deal of suffering.

We have a court-ordered program in Canada to provide access to medical cannabis, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is not supportive of cannabis as medicine and has created a program that is cumbersome, with many time delays, at best, and completely unworkable at worst.

A personal story might help the readers who have not been exposed to the issue to understand the need for this service. After writing a letter to the editor in support of cannabis issues, I received a phone call from an elderly Nanaimo man. He recounted his story of his wife’s struggle with breast cancer and how the chemotherapy drugs had a devastating affect on her joints.

She was in constant, extreme pain, and cannabis was the only thing that would alleviate this pain. He asked about a source for medical-grade cannabis and I referred him to Phoenix in Nanaimo.

Perhaps a week later, I got another call from this man. He sounded happy and relieved and offered me thanks for taking a great deal of pain away from his family. He had gone to Phoenix, got the medicine his wife needed and she was doing much better. The entire family benefited, because those who care about the patient also feel the pain.

Phoenix provided immediate access to the medicine required, as well as knowledgable advice.

The patient was enabled to take pleasure in life again. Is this not a worthy service? Shouldn’t our police resources be used to deal with real crimes that make our streets unsafe?

Glenda Barr

Lantzville

Just Posted

RDN dealing with high interest in backyard cannabis production

New policy proposed to address challenges with Health Canada licences

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

Oceanside RCMP members take the plunge for Special Olympics

Some members of the Oceanside RCMP detachments took the plunge freezing waters… Continue reading

Jeep bursts into flames on highway near Nanoose Bay

Emergency crews responded to blaze at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Police seize bottles of grapefruit vodka from wanted man’s snow-pants

The men were pushing two shopping carts with a woman inside

Tonight’s sporting event costs more than the Super Bowl, and Obama is going

Tickets are going for more than $4,000 to watch the Duke - North Carolina basketball game

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Police dog tracks suspect through wintry Vancouver Island backcountry

Assault suspect arrested after two-hour track by Nanaimo RCMP police dog Jager

Trudeau takes personal hit amid SNC-Lavalin controversy: poll

Overall, 41 per cent of respondents believed the prime minister had done something wrong in the affair

B.C. photographer captures otters on ice

A Langley photographer was at the right place at the right time on the Fraser River

Most Read