Med Pot Changes Burn Licencees, Says User

There was a time Jamy McKenzie’s health was so frail, he was confined to a wheelchair.

The 27-year-old Sudbury man suffers from a number of different medical conditions, including metabolic myopathy, which gives him painful muscle spasms.

He also has cystic fibrosis, which caused him to develop cirrhosis of the liver so severe he received a liver transplant Feb. 14 of last year.

McKenzie is also allergic to barbiturates, leading him to seek pain relief alternatives. He said the use of marijuana has allowed him to control his pain and lead as normal a life as possible.

In 2004, he received a licence from the federal government to use marijuana for medical purposes. Because it was so expensive for him to buy the drug, he started cultivating his own marijuana plants, something he said he loved doing.

“I couldn’t do what I do now, I wouldn’t be where I am today if I wasn’t able to cultivate my own,” he said.

McKenzie said takes in the majority of his daily marijuana dose in through baked goods or the juice of marijuana leaves, although he does also smoke some of it.

Marijuana juice doesn’t have the psychoactive properties of other methods of using the drug, he said.

But McKenzie’s ability to use what he calls his “medicine” will likely soon be hampered by new rules surrounding the use of medical marijuana announced last month by Health Canada.

The government said it is eliminating the production of marijuana in homes. It also said it will no longer produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes, opening up the market to companies which meet strict security requirements.

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  1. Bud Grinder on

    No, it has to do with the “greening” of Harper’s business buddies who will be given the inside track to go into the marijuana business. If you’re not connected to The Harper Government, don’t bother applying for a license.

  2. dabaroodeedee on

    Please email the gov and tell them you dont think this is right. Think of your future or even others. If you get cancer ect the last thing u need is more bills and thats what this will do. $10 bucks a g vs what $1 if u grow? If this goes in my wife couldnt afford there prices. Please email BEFORE FEB 19th and tell them its not right!! This is our only chance and they will only listen till FEB 19

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    Will this make Canada the only country on earth that does not allow med users to grow and forces them to buy? I think so. Lets not let that happen!

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    Thanks and lets start working as a team. Thats the only way we will ever get anywere.

  3. Av Green on

    So, the government says that you can’t grow your own, but instead you have to go buy it from a for-profit company? The Canadian government is turning more and more fascist every day. Marc won’t be happy once he gets out. I hope that all Canadians, young and old, go out and vote every chance they get, and vote the corporate tyrants out.

  4. bb54 on

    The government said it is eliminating the production of marijuana in homes.Does this has anything to do with the greening of rooftops ?