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Patients caught in the middle in medical marijuana case
Health Canada allows for medical access to marijuana. Police agencies view marijuana as a drug. Patients are caught in the middle
It's been 90 days since 20 RCMP and OPP officers raided the home and medical clinic of Dr. Rob Kamermans in Coe Hill. The warrant said the doctor was possessing and trafficking drugs. Found at his office on the morning of Jan. 26, Kamermans was cuffed and taken away by the OPP. He says an officer made him pose for a picture in handcuffs outside his clinic.
When he asked why he had to be cuffed, he was told it was for the protection of the police.
"They were 20 young men with guns," Kamermans says quietly. “I am an old man.”
No illegal drugs were found and no charges have been laid. Kamermans was released from questioning after a few hours on Jan. 26 and left to find his own way back home to Coe Hill.
Since the raid, the police have not backed down. They will not say much about the case and have given no indication when they might return the medical files seized in the raid.
Kamermans is a medical doctor licensed to practice in Canada and across the border in the U.S. He's soft spoken and timid, but many consider him a hero.