Nova Scotia Told to Pay for Grower’s Medical Pot

The Nova Scotia government has been ordered to sponsor the medical marijuana growing operation of a woman who says she’s too poor to pay for the equipment herself.

The Department of Community Services must pay a one-time setup cost of $2,500 and $100 every three months for supplies, an appeal board ruled.

The Income Assistance Appeals Board concluded that the Amherst woman’s need for marijuana was real, and since she has no other means, the department should assist her rather than pay for her pot.

The board stated that her request seems quite reasonable in comparison to what the department pays for other medications.

Tanya couldn’t be happier.

“When I don’t smoke marijuana I have so much pain that I don’t want to get out of bed. I have no energy, I don’t want to do nothing,” she told CBC News.

Tanya doesn’t want her last name used. She fears the grow operation she shares with her husband will be targeted by thieves.

Tanya and Sam, both in their 40s, use marijuana to lessen their pain. She has injuries suffered in a car crash, while he has glaucoma and a blood disorder.

They both have licences from Health Canada to grow medical marijuana for their own use. Between them, they have permission to grow up to 25 plants, but right now they can only afford to have six, so they sometimes run through their supply.

Sam said he cannot understand why the department turned down the request in the first place.

“It’s seriously a miracle drug that needs to be recognized a lot more than it’s recognized at this point in time,” he said.

Community Services has asked its legal department to review the board’s decision.

Sam was preparing to represent his wife in court in October. Sam is still preparing a separate lawsuit against the department, the cabinet minister and the appeals board.

This isn’t the first time the province has faced a legal challenge over medical marijuana.

Last year, a Halifax woman on income assistance won her fight to get the province to pay for her pot as a special need.

Sally Campbell turned to the court after Community Services turned down her request for an increase in her income assistance.

The court later ruled that it wasn’t up to the department to decide if the benefits of medical marijuana have been proven and ordered it to start paying for Campbell’s pot.

– Article from CBC News.



  1. Anonymous on

    If it was available to all and easily accessible there would be no need for cops or thugs as people could get it above board. just because it is grown somewhere else dose not mean people wont break in to a patients house to steal it. Where its grown is not the problem the laws are.

  2. Anonymous on

    “Tanya doesn’t want her last name used. She fears the grow operation she shares with her husband will be targeted by thieves.”

    Exactly. That’s why Health Canada has to do this privatization thing. These are just average people growing significant amounts of Cannabis in their homes. Word gets out, one way or another, then they have a gang of armed punks at their door and if they’re lucky they might only lose their weed and not their lives. It’s just too dangerous for, mostly disabled, medical patients to be growing weed in their home if they aren’t armed to the teeth, and none of them ever are. If they don’t get shot by punks they’ll get shot by cops. Growing weed is not for the faint of heart. It is serious business that can easily result in gunshot wounds and death, and that’;s if they don’t electrocute themselves first. It’s also not acceptable to be licensing growers for patients like they have been. We’ve seen the websites that pop up with some slimeball offering to grow weed for patients. How well do you think that will work out? They would probably get some crap weed, if any at all.

  3. Anonymous on

    What an interesting situation we have here. They are forced to pay for her to grow cannabis when Health Canada is about to say “no one can grow except for their licensed facilities.” Should be interesting to see how this plays out.