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Saskatchewan woman says use of cannabis to help her addiction not accepted (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Shelby Curtis smokes a joint at her home in Regina on Thursday Nov. 12, 2020. Curtis says she uses marijuana to help her cope with anxiety and depression. (Photo credit: Vancouver Courier)

REGINA — For Shelby Curtis, keeping away from hard drugs starts with quieting her thoughts.

The 26-year-old got a prescription to use cannabis medicinally earlier this year while in recovery and living in Regina’s Raising Hope housing program for new mothers facing issues such as substance abuse.

She uses THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to manage depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

As Canada deals with record numbers of people dying from overdoses, M-J Milloy of the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, says some groups in Vancouver and Victoria are even handing out cannabis to drug users most at-risk.

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