Medical marijuana payouts to veterans highest in New Brunswick

New Brunswick veterans accounted for more than 42 per cent of medical marijuana reimbursements paid by Veterans Affairs Canada last year, CBC News has learned.

New Brunswick had the largest number of veterans reimbursed for medical marijuana by Veterans Affairs Canada last year, accounting for about one-third of the nation-wide total. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

This, despite the fact that only about 4.6 per cent of all Canadian Forces veterans currently live in the province, according to estimates from the federal government.

Veterans in New Brunswick received $2,239,738 in 2014-2015, figures obtained from Veterans Affairs Canada show.

By comparison, the total payments across the country during the same period amounted to $5,225,107.

New Brunswick also had the largest number of veterans reimbursed at 216, representing one-third of the nationwide total of 648.

The bulk of them were in Oromocto and Fredericton — the two Canadian municipalities with the highest number of residents receiving payments.

Seventy-eight veterans living in Oromocto were...

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