Nova Scotia


Medical marijuana users unsure what Trudeau has planned for them

Canada's major marijuana producers are bracing for big changes, with a pro-pot parliament waiting in the wings.

During his campaign, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau said legalizing the recreational use of marijuana would be a top priority.

But Christopher Enns, who runs a Halifax medical marijuana shop, isn't sure the anticipated new laws will change much for him.

He's licensed as a designated grower, but technically only allowed to supply one or two people. His shop has been raided by police twice.

And while he said he hopes his customers will eventually feel less stigmatized under the new Liberal government, as a small supplier, he's also feeling a little left out.


Project SABOT allows RCMP to spot marijuana grow ops from the sky

WINDSOR, NS – The fight to keep drugs off the streets in Nova Scotia is now starting hundreds of feet in the air.

For the last month, RCMP have been partnering with the Department of Defense to eradicate marijuana grow operations in the province.

Project SABOT is an annual initiative that sees officers take to the skies to seek out drug operations from a military helicopter. This year, Global News got to ride along on one of the explorations.

“The helicopter allows for a different perspective,”Const. Mark Skinner, RCMP told Global News. “It’s easier to spot the plants, where we couldn’t necessarily see the plants from the ground.”


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.


Canada: New research into medical marijuana and arthritis to be conducted at Dalhousie

HALIFAX – The Arthritis Society has announced it is funding research into medical cannabis at Dalhousie University.

In a media release, the society said Dr. Jason McDougall was awarded a three-year research grant to look into how the drug impacts arthritis pain.

The Arthritis Society previously promised more studies into medical marijuana in September last year.

“People living with arthritis pain are looking for alternatives to improve their quality of life,” Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society said in the release.

“Our goal is to give Canadians the ability to make informed choices about their treatment options … This project is an important step to achieving these goals.”


Marijuana showcased by lobby group at 50+expo in Halifax

The group Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana was one of the highlights at the 50+expo in Halifax.

Group spokesperson Debbie Stultz-Giffin said almost everyone who came to the group's booth was positive and wanted to learn more about how cannabis can help people's health.

"It shows that times are changing and the conversations about cannabis is coming more and more into the open and the benefits of it being used as medicine," she said.

Stultz-Giffin says her group will be heading to P.E.I. for another event next weekend and plans to be part of the Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival in Halifax in two weeks.


Huge medical marijuana grow op faces delay

Construction appears to have been halted on a massive medical marijuana grow operation planned for Stellarton.

According to a Vida Cannabis news release, it is attempting to reduce expenditures while it waits for approval from Health Canada for its required security clearance.

“Because of the lack of visibility regarding timelines for security clearance, we feel it is prudent to pace our expenditures until we have a better idea of our progress in the licensing process,” reads the release.

“We are working together with Lindsay Construction, with their full support, on a construction timeline and budget that takes into account the longer than anticipated wait at the security clearance stage.”


Sydney veterans have new medical marijuana centre

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have a new place to turn in Cape Breton.

It's a centre that offers to help vets get access to medical marijuana.

Marijuana for Trauma — Veterans Helping Veterans — has opened in the former Victoria Order of Nurses building on King's Road in Sydney.

Founder Fabian Henry is from New Waterford but now lives in Fredericton.

He is a former military combat engineer who has suffered for years from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"After three years, I tried cannabis for the first time in my life and I got relief," said Henry. "That was five years ago and I've only been on one medication for five years now."

'They're not dope addicts'


Halifax medical marijuana user wants compensation for seized property

Watch Above: Medical marijuana users are calling on police to stop investigating those who use the product after charges against a man and his wife were dropped. Ray Bradshaw reports.

HALIFAX – Medical marijuana users are calling on Halifax police to stop investigating people who need and use the product.

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Bob Dillman injured his back and the medication he was prescribed destroyed his immune system. He says he gets some relief from using cannabis and a strict diet. He had a federal exemption to use cannabis, but it expired in February 2014.

Dillman and his wife were charged with possession of cannabis in early March 2015, but those charges have now been dropped.


Medical marijuana payouts to Atlantic Canada veterans lead country

Nearly two-thirds of the money the federal government spent on medical marijuana last year went to veterans in Atlantic Canada — a region with comparatively few veterans.

According to Veterans Affairs Canada, the federal department spent $5.2 million on medical marijuana for veterans in the last fiscal year. Of that, almost $3.4 million — or 65 per cent — went to veterans in Atlantic Canada.

Meanwhile, the number of veterans living in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and P.E.I. accounts for less than 14 per cent of the total number in Canada.

Fabian Henry, a former Canadian Forces member, takes responsibility for helping to introduce medical marijuana to East Coast veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


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