Dozens march for medical marijuana in Halifax –

Posted on: May 6th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The crowd was rallying for easier access to medicinal marijuana.The crowd was rallying for easier access to medicinal marijuana. (Michael Dick/CBC)

Nearly 60 supporters of medical marijuana marched through downtown Halifax Saturday as part of a global campaign to promote easier access to the drug.

Users in the Maritimes say they want the right to grow it rather than buy it from the government.

“I was diagnosed 12 years ago with MS and pharmaceuticals basically assaulted my system,” said Debbie Stultz-Giffin. “Cannabis is the only medicine I consume on a daily basis.”

Stultz-Giffin, and other protesters, say it’s time the federal government ease restrictions on access to marijuana prescribed by doctors.

“No one has died from Cannabis in 5,000 years! These people want to use it for quality of life,” said Bob Dillman.

In 2001, Health Canada approved marijuana use for patients suffering from ailments such as arthritis and depression.

But many people have gone to court, challenging how the government distributes the drug. They want the right to be able to grow their own supplies legally.

“I have a neurological condition. It’s documented on my medical file, I use it for medicinal purposes,” said William Fillmore. “I think that we should at least take the step to put it in the hands of the people who need it and are sick.”

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