A Belleville man says he was prevented from using doctor-prescribed cannabis in hospital following spinal surgery at Kingston General Hospital.
Nate Craig, 35, underwent spinal fusion surgery on Friday, Oct. 14, to address chronic pain he has suffered since being involved in a car crash in 1999.
“When I found out I was going in for surgery, I knew it would be an issue,” he said, adding that he contacted the hospital ahead of time and spoke to several directors and managers about his cannabis use, even arranging to have his wife bring in fudge containing the drug for him to eat. He asked prior to his operation if he could use a vaporizer, but he said that request was turned down.
“A lot of people were informed.”
Craig has had a prescription for medical cannabis for 16 years but said the arrangements he had made with the hospital didn’t get passed along to the medical staff working on the weekend following his Friday surgery. When he tried to use cannabis in the days following his operation, he said hospital staff wouldn’t let him.
“They were taken back,” Craig said. “They essentially confiscated it from me. They told me I had to ask for it if I wanted it and never gave me any.