Medicine Hat Senior says Process to Get Medical Marijuana Too Complicated

Article by Terri Trembath, CBC News

'I didn't know what to look for,' says Judith Brooke of her attempts to procure cannabis. Judith Brooke's doctor recommended she try medical marijuana for her sciatica. But she was given little guidance on what she needed or the best way to find it.

Medicine Hat senior Judith Brooke had never touched marijuana in her entire life — before last month.

The 75-year-old suffers from a severe case of sciatica. The pain in her lower back was so bad, it made her immobile for months.

Brooke says she tried pharmaceutical drugs Oxycontin and Percocet first, but had allergic reactions to both.

Then, in December, her family doctor authorized marijuana for medical use.

“I was aware of the illegal stuff and that’s the way I related cannabis. And so when the doctor suggested that I take medical cannabis, I thought, ‘oh, well, I’m into the natural way anyway’. So, to me, medical cannabis is much more natural than Percocet,” said Brooke

However, she says the next steps were extremely frustrating.

She was referred to a list of licensed growers on the Health Canada website. It was up to her to find the right product with very little information to go on.

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