HIV sufferer has medical marijuana confiscated
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
A St. John’s man had $1,500 of medical marijuana confiscated when he went to pick up a package at Purolator and was met by the RCMP instead.
Richard Oakley, who tested positive for HIV 25 years ago, moved back to the province from British Columbia three months ago to be near family.
He told The Telegram he received the first package since coming home without a problem from his designated grower in B.C.
But last week he kept trying to claim his second delivery of marijuana and marijuana-laced chocolates and Purolator told him to come back Monday. That’s when he was met with the RCMP officer.
Oakley said he was assured there’d be no problem. Then he got a call saying it was shipped illegally.
“They’re going against my civil rights as a human being. They are taking away my quality of life,” Oakley said, sifting through a stack of papers chronicling his diagnosis and access to treatment, including marijuana.
“I don’t want to cause any trouble. I just want to live my life.”
Oakley said he understood as long as the package doesn’t smell and doesn’t advertise its contents, it should be acceptable.
The marijuana eases his nausea from taking a cocktail of medicine, and relieves his pain.
He also has neuropathy, which freezes nerves in his feet. The marijuana also eases that so he can go for walks and keep the blood flowing.
Since his supply was taken, he hasn’t been able to endure his pills, said Oakley, a longtime volunteer AIDS activist in B.C.
“I’m getting sicker by the minute. I can’t take my medication without throwing up,” said Oakley, who has an authorization from Health Canada for medical marijuana.
“It took years and years to get the licence,” he said.
He warns if the disease takes over, it will cost the Newfoundland government a lot of money to take care of him.
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