(CBC) A large “Plants Not Pills” sign faces busy Kings Road in Sydney, N.S., the slogan for the chain of Marijuana for Trauma clinics.
Marijuana for Trauma was founded in Fredericton with the goal of helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
That was the plan when the group opened a facility in Sydney last year, but it soon began branching out.
It now offers its services to civilians interested in finding out more information about the uses of medicinal marijuana.
From pills to pot
“We aid in the treatment of many afflictions, from chronic pain, PTSD, Crohn’s, colitis, cancer, arthritis and many others,” said Joe Bisson, who runs the Sydney franchise.
In the military, Bisson survived an explosion in Iraq in 1991. He says he had so many prescriptions to help him cope with his PTSD that one point he was taking more than 1,200 pills a month. Now he uses only marijuana.
Using marijuana for medical purposes has been a hot topic of debate, with many doctors remaining ambivalent about prescribing the drug for chronic pain.
The Sydney Marijuana for Trauma franchise was just the second such clinic in the country when it opened. There are now 13 clinics across Canada, but the Sydney facility remains the only one in Nova Scotia.