BC medical marijuana fight heating up

May 04, 2004

, CBC News

TRAIL, B.C. - A disabled man in southeastern B.C. who wants to grow his own medical marijuana has been granted a hearing by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

Dennis Lillico suffers from dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes his limbs to twitch painfully.

The Trail, B.C. man says cannabis is the only drug that offers any relief. And he wants to grow his own legally – instead of buying it from local dealers. 

But doctors are reluctant to give their approval because Lillico is a recovered alcoholic.

So Lillico has revived a challenge he first launched last year before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

He accuses the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. of conspiring with doctors to discriminate against him.

The College says it does not deny individual physicians the right to prescribe medical marijuana.

But it's also sticking to its position that the therapeutic qualities of cannabis are unproven.

Lillico says he could probably keep quiet and just grow his own marijuana with no problems. But says he's decided to take a stand.

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