Article by Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner
After a car crash nearly killed her when she was 17, Jessie Lawson survived only to live with chronic pain and a daily existence taking a host of prescription medications.
But in 2001, Lawson, who hails from a family with two generations of proud military service, dropped the news she was tossing away the pharmaceuticals in favour of medical marijuana.
“There’s a ridiculous social stigma that goes along with it, it’s awful,” said Lawson.
Visiting with the former employees turned volunteers at Sunrise Medicinal on Dunlop Street West, Lawson said she was so impressed with the professional atmosphere at the downtown medical marijuana dispensary that she brought her 70-year-old mother in for a tour of the facility.
She said because her symptoms vary, she’ll use five grams one day and only one gram the next.
But when trying to pre-order from one of only 35 licensed facilities approved by Health Canada, she said she doesn’t know how much to order and how much to pay for one month’s supply until she’s tried the strain.