Medical marijuana support group in the works

A Charlottetown woman who's licensed to use medical marijuana wants to start a support group for others using the medicinal herb.

Kat Murphy received permission from Health Canada seven years ago to possess marijuana for pain relief from Crohn's disease, a condition that affects the digestive system.

Murphy said it took three years of cutting through red tape before she got her licence.

"I don't take any prescription drugs for Crohn's now. I don't take steroids. I control it through diet and herbs that are anti-inflammatories," said Murphy.

Now she said she's helping others see the benefits of medical marijuana.

"Last couple of years, more and more people are approaching me. People know that I have a licence and they know that I'm not taking prescription drugs and they see me and they know I'm doing better. I think I've probably helped about 10 people get their medical marijuana licence."

Kat Murphy will hold an information session Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Murphy Centre in Charlottetown to form the P.E.I. Medical Marijuana Support group.

Also speaking at the meeting is Neil Magnuson from B.C. who is on a cross-Canada awareness campaign to legalize marijuana.

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