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A Chilliwack medical marijuana user claimed his strata discriminated against him in failing to accommodate his disability, and that neighbours harassed him.

A Chilliwack strata owner must stop smoking cannabis on his patio, B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. 

According to a Nov. 29 decision posted on the tribunal’s website, Giles Danny St. Pierre said his strata discriminated against him by failing to accommodate his disability, contrary to the B.C. Human Rights Code. Specifically, he asserted the strata wrongly issued bylaw fines against him for medical cannabis use, harassed him, and permitted his neighbours to harass him about his cannabis use.

He said he smokes cannabis on the patio three to four times a day.

In complaining to the tribunal, St. Pierre sought a removal of all bylaw fines and warning letters, an order that the strata not pursue or enforce his neighbours’ complaints about his cannabis use and reimbursement of $1,000 for a cedar privacy hedge installed along his backyard fence line.

He also sought $5,000 in damages, including damages for injury to the dignity, feeling and self-respect of he and his wife as well as reimbursement of $1,120 in legal fees.

The strata, however, said St. Pierre provided no medical evidence that his disability requires him to smoke marijuana. It had fined him $200 five times.

Tribunal vice-chair Kate Campbell said the parties agree St. Pierre has multiple disabilities.

“This is confirmed by the…

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