‘A High State of Distress’: Veterans in N.L. Fear Stricter Medical Marijuana Limits

Article by CBC News


The head of the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of Marijuana for Trauma says new federal regulations announced  to scale back marijuana coverage for veterans are a bad idea.

Ryan Edwards told CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show on Friday that the federal government’s plan to scale back the reimbursement limit for medical marijuana from 10 grams a day to three in May 2017 is short-sighted.

As President of Marijuana for Trauma in N.L., Edwards helps veterans learn about the benefits of marijuana to treat PTSD and teaches them how to file the proper paperwork to qualify for coverage.

He spent nearly 14 years in the Canadian Forces, was diagnosed with PTSD,  and retired from the military in 2009.

“A lot of clients right now are in a high state of distress, they’re worried about how they’re going to function with the lower dosage,” said Edwards.

“They need that every single day to function, just to go to the grocery store, just to go to the post office, to spend time with their children.”

“They’re not stoned, they’re medicated.”

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