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Canada: Man To Seek Compensation After Cannabis Charges Dropped

Jacob Redmond

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A Dartmouth man who was facing drug charges for growing cannabis is relieved the charges have been dropped, but he plans to seek compensation for his losses.

Bobbylee Dillman and his wife were charged in March with possession and production of marijuana.

Those charges were dropped this week, after the Crown claimed that "evidence was an issue," Dillman said.

"This is a welcome change, but it's also stressful," he said. "I'm definitely seeking legal action because this can't go on to other patients."

Dillman says he uses cannabis and its oil to treat fibromyalgia, arthritis, stomach problems and food sensitivities. He had a permit to grow cannabis, but after the federal government changed the rules governing licensed marijuana production, Dillman was refused a permit.

He says he cannot buy marijuana from a licensed grower because the chemicals and irradiation used during production trigger his chemical sensitivities. Since he was raided in March, he has been obtaining cannabis from a friend.

Dillman lost 19 plants in the raid, plus equipment and a supply of cannabis. The plants alone are valued at $19,000, according to the government's protocol, he says.

Now that the charges are behind him, Dillman says he can focus on working toward broader change in the governance of medical cannabis.

"Now we can concentrate on the government and how they're dealing with this. Because they can't be arresting patients, because the stress they're putting on them is killing them."

Debbie Stultz-Giffin, the chair of Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana Society, said it doesn't make sense to raid and prosecute users of medical marijuana while legal challenges to the program are still being processed.

"We think it's imperative that the provincial government stop prosecuting people who are considered to be patients," Stultz-Giffin said.

"If someone has their authorization to use cannabis as medicine, until all of this is sorted out on a federal level as to the constitutionality of the new program, then this province should simply stop arresting patients and attempting to prosecute patients because it's simply a waste of taxpayers dollars."

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