If we think about it there is probably someone in our lives who has been touched by illness or disease. The last thing we would want for anyone is to suffer. If they had access to a way to feel better and enjoy life I think wecould all agree that it would be a fantastic gift, a gift no one deserves to have taken away.
On October 29th The Saskatchewan Compassion Club was raided and all medication, for the patients and the staff, was unjustly seized. Their homes were raided and their was medication taken, the very medication that these people rely on to maintain their health. The wonderful people that have helped so many with illnesses from cancer, Crohn's, chronic pain, MS and so much more were thrown in jail like criminals, facing possession and trafficking charges. All of these individuals have medical prescriptions from a doctor. The Club only assists in the advocacy and provision of medical cannabis and products to those who have a prescription. Dried marijuana is only one way that benefits people and finding other resources for delivery of pain relief and inflammation are key. Most patients have better success with products ranging from beneficial non-psycoactive oils, suppositories, and edibles. The patients the club assists rely on these medications for their daily health. The health effect of the lack of medicine are already starting to show in the patients affected.
Saskatoon saw the doors open to the Saskatchewan Compassion Club not so long ago and in that time it has touched the lives of so many. Mark has provided hope for so many and he was truly doing a service to this community. He has reached out to the city who has voiced support only to have its officials turn around and target this club. These are not criminals, they are not drug dealers, they are simply providing access to medicine that can increase the quality of life of the citizens of Saskatoon. Mark has arranged meetings the chief of police and with the city. He has reached out and in this timeframe operated a quiet and respectful business that had open doors to everybody who had any questions.
Lane Britnell is a former U of S pole vaulter. He was a 2 time CIS Canadian National Champion and represented Canada as a national team athlete. He developed Crohn's disease which started to affected his quality of life. He tried pharmaceutical treatments and medications and as his condition worsened as he began to suffer with pain and depression. He had no choice but to quit his goals as an athlete and began focusing on simply getting through the day. Lane was never an advocate of using recreational drugs but resorted to using medicinal marijuana and saw positive results very quickly and he soon got his life back. You can see in the pictures above what just 6 months has done for him. Lane was able to control the symptoms and inflammation without the side effects of the pharmaceuticals. The form of cannabis that works best for him are extracts and oils that are currently not legal even to a valid prescription medicinal marijuana license holder. When you get your life back in a safe and effective manner, that is a gift. When someone takes that gift away, it's truly wrong.
Lane was one of 4 arrested facing charges after the compassion club was raided and closed. All the medication was taken and has already affected so many patients. What this means for Lane is that he can no longer access his medication.To get it he has to go through his LP purchasing medication that can be turned into the form that helps his body to heal. For Lane this will cost $156/day. 30 grams of medication in dried form was returned to lane after he was released from jail. He has everything labelled for his personal use in separate containers and the 30 grams was all in mixed form. When we take medication we aren't expected to take a bottle of mixed pills and "hope for the best". He relies on the essential oil for his illness and he has already started to see his Chron's come out of remission. He can produce this by ordering from an LP but ordering what he needs is going to come at a cost of 156 dollars a day which is over $4000 a month which makes it inaccessible.
The day the compassion club was raided and shut down not only was medication for patients taken but everyone's own personal medication was taken that was prescribed by their doctors and are facing charges for this possession. Mark and Lane had their homes raided by police and had their other medication seized as well. In the last few days symptoms have already begun to return for Lane and in another week he will worsen becoming quite weak. He will not have the strength to fight for others let alone against his disease.
It's outrageous when the medication they rely on was previously accessible and affordable. Medical cannabis and its extracts are natural and safe and they are getting stripped away from people who rely on it. What kind of health care or system is allowing people to suffer?
We would like very much if you would consider spreading awareness over the situation going on in Saskatoon at this time. More info and stories can be found on The Saskatchewan Compassion Club Facebook page as well. We are looking to help get the club up and running but in the meantime some of the members with conditions like Lane's and our most critical patients are getting sicker without access to their medication, primarily the cannabis oil. If you would consider a donation of medication to those who are currently suffering and regressing without access it would be greatly appreciated. Support and awareness during this time is key.
Members of The Saskatchewan Compassion Club
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