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Province told to foot bill for woman's medical marijuana

In this file photo, people smoke a joint during a demonstration to claim for the legalization of the use of marijuana.

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Nova Scotia's Community Services Department is reviewing a decision that would require it to provide financial help to a woman who grows marijuana for her own medical purposes.

Spokeswoman Kristen Tynes says the department has referred the decision by the Income Assistance Appeals Board to its legal counsel to determine the next step.

She wouldn't say whether there would be an appeal.

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A CBC report says an unidentified couple who live in Amherst have licences from Health Canada to grow up to 25 plants, but they can only afford to grow six and sometimes run low on their supply.

The appeal board ruled the department should help the woman, who is on income assistance, rather than pay for her marijuana.

Under the ruling, Community Services would have to pay a one-time cost of $2,500 to set up the grow operation and $400 a year for supplies.

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