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‘This was a death sentence for him’

Robert Neron had been smoking marijuana legally for more than a decade when the OPP raided his home, took his plants and turned off his power.

Robert Neron had been smoking marijuana legally for more than a decade when the OPP raided his home, took his plants and turned off his power.

The 45-year-old cancer patient had been waiting 10 months for Health Canada to renew his licence to use medical marijuana when his home was ransacked and cleared of his cannabis plants in March.

Neron lives in Kapuskasing, about six hours north of Sudbury, and temperatures dipped below -30 C at the time.

“It was like living in the bush,” he said in Toronto yesterday, where he has been living with friends since the power went off in his house.

The power remained off for a month, until Neron received a court order to have it turned back on.

“This was a death sentence for him,” said his lawyer, Ron Marzel, a prominent advocate for program reforms to give sick people access to medical cannabis.

“This is a sick person who has been licensed for 10 years.”

They were speaking to media in support of an Ontario Superior Court ruling that the federal medical marijuana program is unconstitutional because patients must resort to illegal means to obtain the drug.

 
 
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