Calgary mother hopes to end stigma around cannabis with new retail store

Melinda Tobias doesn’t want you to call cannabis a drug.

Instead, the mother of four wants you to think of cannabis as a plant or a natural medicine as she has come to know it through her diagnosis with invasive cervical cancer on Jan. 8, 2015.

“When I got that diagnosis, I had about a two- to three-month waiting period while the tumour board reviewed my biopsy and came up with a treatment plan,” said Tobias.

“I kind of looked into everything that wasn’t medical that could help with preventing cancer or stalling cancer and stopping it from growing or progressing.”

That’s when Tobias started using cannabis as a way to manage her pain, and after much research, she hasn’t looked

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