Medical Marijuana Fires up in Calgary

The process of legalizing pot for recreational use isn't expected to start until next year, but medical marijuana is already a hit in Calgary.

A local clinic that works exclusively in cannabis has about 5,500 patients.

"I do this because I believe that cannabis is a safer alternative to many of the medications that I have prescribed over the course of my career," said Dr. Stephanie Mason, the medical doctor at Natural Health Services. 

Mason, a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience, made the full-time switch to the world of medical marijuana last fall. 

Who are the patients?

Mason says there are two groups of patients. 

"There are people that are using cannabis to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve sleep," she said.

"And we do a lot of work with cancer patients who are having chemotherapy. We are doing a lot of work with palliative cancer patients. We're doing a lot of...

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