Medical Cannabis User Finds Prescription Unaffordable Now That Recreational Weed is Legal

Article by Bridget Yard, CBC News

Medical cannabis user finds prescription unaffordable now that recreational weed is legal Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Shane Moore's landlords won't let him grow his own, meaning he'd have to pay $1,500/month for his medicine Bridget Yard · CBC News Shane Moore grows his own medicinal cannabis at home because he can't afford to buy it from a supplier. He may be evicted from his apartment because of his grow op. (Bridget Yard/CBC News) Shane Moore's weed once won an award, but he isn't allowed to sell it. (Bridget Yard/CBC News) Shane Moore, right, sits in his home as friend Sterling Wild, left, rolls a joint. (Bridget Yard/CBC News)

Shane Moore was prescribed opiates for a back injury years ago. He got hooked.

It took years to shake the habit and even longer to feel relief without painkillers.

“Sometimes I hit the floor it was so bad,” he said of his back pain, sitting in his Confederation neighbourhood apartment.

Moore discovered cannabis was effective as a pain reliever.

For Moore, cannabis is both a harm-reduction measure — it helped him kick opiates — and a medicine. He said it treats both his pain and his anxiety.

He was prescribed 3 grams of cannabis a day by his family doctor, with his psychiatrist’s blessing.

Moore prefers to vape cannabis concentrate. To achieve his daily dose, he requires 5-10 grams of dried flower, which he gives to a friend to process into concentrate.

If he were to purchase the prescribed amount from a Health Canada supplier, it would cost him $1,500 every month.

But Moore is on income assistance. He can’t afford that much for medicine.

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