Medical Pot User Demands Refund From Government

A Scarborough man is puffing mad at Health Canada officials for failing to refund $450 after he cancelled his medical marijuana delivery service three months ago.

Lloyd Summerfield, 55, of Spruce Wood Crt., was one of many licenced users across the country whose pot regularly arrived by courier from a grower under contract to the federal government.

Hit by a taxi in 2006, his doctor prescribed marijuana to help cope with leg and body pains.

Summerfield said he borrowed $450 from a friend and dished it out to buy 90 grams of government-sanctioned weed, which was delivered to his apartment by a courier last November.

He was told by his doctor that the pot wasn’t strong enough to help him and returned the unopened package to Health Canada.

“I am disabled and in a lot of pain,” Summerfield said. “I find the government to be worst than drug dealers on the street when it comes to giving money back.”

He said he cannot work and requires the money to survive.

“I am hungry and this is a lot of money for me,” Summerfield said. “I had to borrow the money to pay for this.”

He has contacted Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis — representative for Scarborough-Agincourt — whose office has been sending letters to Health Canada officials.

“We have been back and forth with the minister’s office to have his money returned,” Karygiannis said. “He has been waiting for months for his money.”

Health Canada spokesman Carlo Olivieroa said by e-mail that Summerfield’s order was shipped to him from the pot growing operation located in the Prairies on Nov. 10.

“The delivery company attempted on four separate occasions to schedule a delivery appointment without success,” Olivieroa said. “The customer did not come to the location to pick up his package, despite being aware that the package was there.”

He said the package was returned to Prairie Plant systems, the federal government’s contracted grower.

Olivieroa said “the amount that was charged to Mr. Summerfield’s card will be credited to his account.”

He said Summerfield must request a refund in writing by mail to an Ottawa address.

Praire Plant has a five-year, $5.5-million contract with Ottawa to grow medicinal marijuana in an underground growth chamber in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

More than 5,000 people were licenced to possess marijuana in January 2010, according to Heath Canada statistics.

– Article from The Toronto Sun.