Medicinal marijuana users say the closure of a Halifax dispensing club continues to be a big problem as prescription holders put their safety at risk seeking alternative, illegal sources for their pot.
In March, police raided the Halifax Compassionate Club in Porter’s Lake, N.S., a grow-op store in the club's bottom floor, and the East Chezzetcook home of Chris Enns and Sherri Reeve, the president and vice-president of the club.
During the raids, police seized more than four kilograms of marijuana, along with 300 grams of magic mushrooms, close to 1,000 pills and $50,000 in cash. Three people were charged with trafficking.
Matthew Curtis, who has a medicinal marijuana prescription, said the dispensary shutdown left him with little choice but to turn to drug dealers.
A car crash in 2010 left Curtis with a broken neck and a badly damaged elbow.
Doctors prescribe marijuana for pain, as well as to treat a range of other illnesses.
Earlier this week, he attempted to buy a half pound of pot from a dealer in the valley, only to be robbed.
"I handed him the cash and he jumped out of my truck with the marijuana and the money," said Curtis.
Debbie Stults-Giffen, a marijuana advocate, said this isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
"I have heard of people being robbed like this gentleman. I’ve heard of people facing inflated prices and finding poor quality medicine," she said.Advocates are pleading for the club, or another of its kind to reopen.