Seniors Home Won’t Administer Marijuana Pain Relief For Visually Impaired Man

In Spite of a proper prescription from a physician, there is no marijuana pain relief for a visually impaired 70-year-old grandfather in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The seniors home, Oakwood Park Lodge, won’t administer cannabis oil for Robert Evoy for some marijuana pain relief. Evoy suffers from chronic pain following a diabetic nerve damage, which also causes involuntary movements, The Standard reported his story.

The lodge, owned and operated by Conmed Health Care Group, says its policy allows residents to self-administer medical marijuana but won’t allow its nurses to help seniors take their medical cannabis.

While taking medical marijuana in a pill form is easy for many seniors to take, the problem with Evoy is that he is visually impaired and incapable of taking cannabis oil orally through a syringe.

His family members are currently administering the cannabis oil intake for him but with an upcoming family trip, his granddaughter Autumn is torn and worried about her grandfather’s situation.

Autumn accuses the seniors home of being discriminatory.  “After seeing how much it is benefiting my grandfather, I think they have an ethical duty to administer it,” she said.

Evoy’s doctor prescribed him cannabis oil after futile attempts with conventional medicine. “This is the only medication which literally makes him smile,” Autumn said.

“When he takes his oil, within an hour, the pain is gone, the involuntary movements stop and it allows him to have a more restful sleep.”

The family is currently collecting signatures to push the seniors home to change its policy, see LINK. As of Friday evening, Evoy’s family garnered almost 580 signatures.

To their defense, Conmed spokeswoman Lori Turcotte says medical marijuana is “new.”

“In accordance with the College of Nurses, staff needs to have the knowledge, skill, judgment, and authority to assist with medical marijuana, and medical marijuana in long-term care is new,” she said.

However, Canada was the first country to legalize medical cannabis in 2001. With almost two decades have passed, medical marijuana patients are still not covered by any insurance companies.