Montreal theme park forbids use of medical marijuana

July 24, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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MONTREAL, July 24 (UPI) -- A woman says she was forbidden to use medical marijuana, for which she has a permit, on the grounds of a Montreal amusement park.

When Victoria Hollinrake of Hawkesbury, Ontario, visited Montreal's La Ronde, a Six Flags theme park, with her children, she was told by a security guard she would need to leave the park to use her medicinal marijuana, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

She has a chronic nerve disorder causing shock-like pain in her face, and a Health Canada permit allowing her to carry and use medicinal marijuana, she said.

"It's against the policies, and you cannot smoke on the grounds," she says she was told.

Although La Ronde is a smoke-free theme park, visitors are permitted to smoke tobacco, but not marijuana, in designated areas, the CBC noted.

Catherine Tremblay, La Ronde's communications director, said the park makes no exceptions regarding medical marijuana.

"Guests [with a permit] should contact guest relations, where they will be directed outside the premises to proceed with their therapy, with the possibility to be readmitted,' Tremblay said.

Hollinrake said she chose not to leave her children alone, and went the entire day without medication.

"By the end of the day my face was swollen. I ended up being as sick as heck," she said.

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