This news may raise eyebrows.
The government of Nova Scotia, Canada has been ordered to subsidize the costs of growing marijuana for the medical needs of a woman who is suffering from pain arising from a vehicular accident.
The province was told by the Income Assistance Appeals Board to pay the one-time start-up cost of $2,500 plus $100 every three months for Tanya and her husband Sam, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) said.
Health Canada awarded the Amherst couple to grow 25 marijuana plants but they do not have the money to pay for the lighting.
Both in their 40s, Tanya and Sam are disabled and are in welfare. They both useCannabis to alleviate their pain, in a report by UPI.
Sam has blood dyscrasia and an eye disorder called glaucoma.
The Board attested the legitimacy of her need and decided that the government should sponsor her growing the medical pot.
Tanya told CBC, "When I don't smoke marijuana I have so much pain that I don't want to get out of bed. I have no energy. I don't want to do nothing."
A Nova Scotia official is anxious this may open the flood gate that the provincial government may have to shoulder for other medications that are currently not included in the list.
In April 2010, a woman from Halifax was awarded financial support from the province to sponsor her use of medical marijuana, in another report by CBC.
Details of this report here.