The Georgia Straight‘s Grassroots Expo for the Cannabis Curious began today with a riveting discussion about barriers that cancer patients’ face in accessing cannabis.
Two panelists, Joanne Crowther and Steven McKee, also shared stories of their journeys battling life-threatening tumours.
In her opening remarks at UBC Robson Square, Crowther recalled being diagnosed with “fatal lymphoma” and being “sent home to die” six years ago.
She then described how her use of cannabis oils “fixed my kidneys and my liver, which were damaged badly by chemotherapy”.
“Nobody needs to die from cancer,” Crowther insisted. “There’s a cure. It’s just illegal.”
McKee talked about being repeatedly diagnosed with brain tumours, which at one point required two 10.5-hour brain surgeries.
He revealed that two years ago, he was diagnosed with another tumour and endured six radiation scans per day over more than a month.
McKee said that cannabis helped him stay strong and happy throughout his medical ordeal. And he credited his mother for remaining at his side at every step along the way.
“I had everybody on my side rooting me on,”