Article by Glen Whiffen, The Telegram
Scott Tizzard of Torbay says he is being discriminated against by companies he should have been working for over the past several months.
The reason? Taking his doctor-prescribed medical marijuana.
“My prescription is a gram and half a day, at 22 per cent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in cannabis), and I don’t smoke it at work. I only smoke in the evenings when I get home to relax me so I can get a night’s sleep. I suffer it out during the day. All the marijuana does is make me comfortable when I get home and gives me a good night’s sleep.” -Scott Tizzard
Tizzard has worked construction in the province for 30 years, going from big project to big project wherever the work has taken him, and wherever dispatched by his union.
Described by co-workers as a hard worker, for many of those years he’d worked long-hour days battling the pain and discomfort of Crohn’s disease and osteoarthritis.
He’s been prescribed countless medications by his family doctor over the years, trying to find a balance of medications that would counter the pain of the osteoarthritis and not cause his Crohn’s disease to flare up.
That often failed until his doctor suggested medical marijuana.
“The catch with me is that I have Crohn’s disease and osteoarthritis. So, in taking the pills for the osteoarthritis it burns the stomach out of me from the Crohn’s disease,” Tizzard said. “I put in some awful days at work, doing everything I can like skipping lunch so the Crohn’s wouldn’t act up.