A medical marijuana user in Calgary says she has been denied access to medical treatment because of a ban on pot vaporizers she claims is currently in effect in Alberta hospitals.
Lisa Kirkman says a recent internal memo at Alberta Health Services (AHS) banned the use of medical marijuana in hospitals, a practice that was previously allowed.
She’s had doctors’ appointments cancelled and been denied access to hospitals when 911 calls were made, because facilities refuse to accept her, she told The Huffington Post Alberta.
Kirkman suffers from severe chronic pain and a blood disorder and needs to use medical marijuana constantly.
“It’s like AIDS in the early 80s,” she says about the stigma around medical marijuana use. “Doctors dropping patients… Everyone’s in a panic.”
Kirkman went on hunger strike on Jan. 3 and is only consuming clear fluids.
“Either way, I’m suffering, but I would rather suffer so the public knows about it,” she says.
– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.