Pubdate: Sat, 08 May 2010
Source: Observer, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010, OSPREY Media Group Inc.
Author: Neil Bowen
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


A local man who hasn't received government approval to use marijuana 
medicinally was sentenced to 45 days house arrest and fined $200 Friday.

Glenn Dionne, 45, of Sarnia pleaded guilty to marijuana possession 
Feb. 6 and September 30, 2009 in Sarnia.

The amounts consisted of two marijuana cigarettes and 28 grams.

Dionne has been receiving a disability pension since suffering a 
severe head injury in a motorcycle accident, said defence lawyer Ian Bruce.

He will not give up marijuana, but jail is not appropriate despite a 
lengthy criminal record, Bruce said.

"It helps me," said Dionne.

Justice Mark Hornblower agreed house arrest addresses his unique circumstances.

It will require a drug ban, and noncompliance could bring jail time, he added.

Dionne cannot leave home except for scheduled appointments with his 
lawyer to purse a certificate for medical use of marijuana. He can 
also leave home on weekend afternoons.
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