Refusal of Health Health Services & # 39; & # 39 of Alberta; donations & # 39; $ 6,000 to prolong the treatment of cancer because of its late members were surprised by the cannabis club to offer him.
The Calgary Cannabis Club said they gave donation to the Tom Baker Cancer Center in honor of exemplary treatment provided to Rick Beaver, who died of esophagus cancer at the age of & # 39; 65 in & # 39; November last.
"He was very impressed with empathy and compassion received and we thought he did not know us that the money collected go there," said the member of the club board Patrick Parsons.
"Rick was hot on how well the staff."
He said that the money collected from live and silent auctions at & # 39; of & # 9 fraġerizzatur of 39; December, one of a number of & # 39; efforts & # 39; charity carried out by the club, he said.
But when approached by donation, officials AHS refused the money, that & # 39; likely reflecting continued negative mindset facing drug that has now been legalized for use both medicinal and recreational, said Parsons.
"The stigma is still there – when talking about dollars and cents, there are probably thinking that the money from the illegal sale of cannabis but this is not the case here," he said.
"The money collected by & # 39; very thoughtful and legitimate way."
He said Beaver, who was fighting his second cancer bout when he died, medical cannabis consumed in the Tom Baker, by lending the added gift & # 39; relevance.
"He was one of the first people who used cannabis in the cancer center and documented, had on his map," said Parsons.
He said cannabis helped alleviate the suffering of Beaver while ġieled cancer.
The main medical community in Canada reluctant to recognize the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
"Unless accept research on wealth to do, there is an obstacle," said Parsons.
In a statement, the AHS said it would not accept the cannabis philanthropy until consultations foundations & # 39; & # 39 collection; Health Canada funds on the matter completed later this year.
"Unless commitment is complete and longer-term perspective on cannabis philanthropy, AHS defer accepting any donations from the cannabis sector," she said.
"The AHS will update its foundation partners on the progress of & # 39; commitment during 2019, and will also provide materials to support the panel discussions and taking & # 39 ; decisions relating to cannabis. "
But ahs said that "directs x & # 39; type & # 39; foundations may or may not accept gifts."
Parsons said the money raised may be given instead to help users of medicinal cannabis grow their own medicine, or the Humane Society & # 39; Calgary.
He said the club, which has between 100 and 200 members and has paid more medical attention, funds brought to society and charities such as homeless shelters.
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