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Marijuana for Trauma Inc. opens GTA office for veterans

Former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress in Ontario may soon be able to access medical marijuana with ease.

More than 40 veterans eager to use Markham, Ont. facility, company's founders say

A new medical marijuana organization aims to help veterans suffering with PTSD. 2:03

Former soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress in Ontario may soon be able to access medical marijuana with ease.

Marijuana for Trauma Inc., an organization that specializes in helping veterans get medical marijuana, just opened a new facility in Markham, Ont. The organization's founders, who have opened operations in several other provinces, say there are already 40 veterans in this region looking for assistance.

Former soldier Chris Dupee is one of those veterans. He used to drive 14 hours to New Brunswick to have his prescription for medical marijuana filled and paid for by Veterans Affairs.

Dupee said he was willing to make the drive, even in the winter, for the "relief" medical marijuana brings, and its ability to let him cut back back on other drugs. He said he was sick of taking "fistfuls of pills and feeling like a zombie."

Marijuana for Trauma is not a dispensary, but instead a first step for soldiers seeking medical marijuana. The organization connects them with a family doctor and also helps them with the paperwork required by the military.

The CBC's Lorenda Reddekopp has more on the organization in the video above.

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