Medical Marijuana User Arrested, Says New Health Canada Regulations Discriminate

CANADA:  A medical marijuana user in Nova Scotia says he would rather go to jail than stop growing his own pot after changes to Health Canada regulations preventing cultivation at home.

Bob Dillman says he and his wife were arrested at their Halifax home on March 4 and charged with production and possession of marijuana after years of being permitted by Health Canada to grow it for medical purposes. They are due in court next month.

Dillman was denied his latest license renewal because Health Canada is phasing out the home-growing program and replacing it with authorized producers, he said.

But he said he cannot afford to buy marijuana from approved suppliers and it could conflict with his chemical sensitivities.