Canadian Marijuana for Trauma program aimed at veterans but attracts civilians

A veteran's centre in Cape Breton is now helping about 80 people access medical marijuana, but many of them have not served in the military.

The Marijuana for Trauma Inc. centre opened in Sydney in June. The primary focus was to help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but volunteer Joe MacGillivray says the patient list is growing beyond that.

"We have cancer patients that are coming through, people that are in constant pain," he said. "People that just had surgeries."

He says two patients, for instance, had operations on their backs and were on heavy pain medication, but were searching for alternatives to drugs such as Oxycontin and Dilaudid.

"They're finding the marijuana's more of a soothing pain reliever and not like the medication a doctor would give that you're in a fog," MacGillivray said.

MacGillivary himself is a patient and a veteran diagnosed with PTSD. He says he was skeptical about using medical marijuana at...

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