More MS news articles for September 2002

Medicinal marijuana sickens neighbours

Friday, September 13, 2002
Sylvia Yu

A Victoria man who smokes marijuana for medicinal purposes has been accused of making his neighbours sick.

Young has permission from the federal government to smoke marijuana to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system which can cause severe paralysis.

He lights up every couple of hours -- the equivalent of six cigarettes a day.

But while smoking pot eases his pain, it could also put him out on the street.

Some of his neighbours say the smoke is causing them health problems.

Eric Young was served an eviction notice from his landlord, The Capital Region Housing Corporation, in July, ordering him to leave his government-subsidized apartment.

Amy Jarsma of the Capital Region Housing Corporation says the eviction is because Young is in violation of the tenancy act.

While the housing corporation does not have a policy dealing with marijuana use, Jarsma says five tenants have health problems related to the marijuana smoke.

Karen Mercy, who lives on the floor above Young, says several families have already moved away because of Young's smoking.

She says the families didn't want their children exposed to the smoke.

Young is appealing his eviction and says he will go to the Supreme Court to stay where he is.

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