Marijuana patients hold presser while police raid dispensaries

May 26, 2016

Councillor Jim Karygiannis held a press conference at City Hall with marijuana patients, at the same time as police raided dispensaries around city. But as advocates spoke about the need to regulate for their own safe access, the business interests around the issue were brought into focus. “There’s no secret that there’s strategic relationships between the business medical community and licensed producers of marijuana,” Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed said during the conference. “Each stakeholder in this has, you know, a piece of attention or a piece of money, but the most important stakeholder, the chronic pain patient. They’re left alone. They’re left alone to navigate a very confusing and challenging system for access to medical marijuana.”