Elderly Woman on Medical Cannabis Initially Denied From Toronto Long-Term Care Home

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Elderly woman on medical cannabis initially denied from Toronto long-term care home Jessica Vomiero By Jessica Vomiero Linda Moreal (left) and her mother, Maria Moreal (right). Ben Jonah, Global News

Linda Moreal believes medical cannabis changed her mother’s life.

Before Maria Moreal, 87, began taking medicinal cannabis for her chronic pain, she had been taking Percocets daily for eight years. Five years ago, her family doctor started her on morphine as well, which she’s been taking every day since.

Since starting on medical cannabis back in March, she’s reduced her intake of pills from four per day, down to two.

When it came time for the family to place Moreal in a long-term care facility however, Kipling Acres, a city of Toronto-owned facility denied her, citing her prescription for medicinal cannabis.

“First, it was very shocking, because it’s a prescribed medication,” said her daughter Linda. “Arbitrarily, this home just decided they can’t do this.”

But after questions from Global News, Kipling Acres reversed Moreal’s rejection.

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