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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