A Patient's Experience With Medical Marijuana
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A Patient's Experience With Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2010 at 05:10:19 PT
By Jeffrey Sippel, Guest Commentary
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- MI first met Jack in 2007, and have been with him through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. During the past four years, he has suffered countless symptoms related to lung damage from cigarettes and from side effects of cancer treatment.The short list includes back pain, chest pain, and cough from radiation; and he has shortness of breath from cigarettes to the point where he uses oxygen daily. He is also legally blind, though that condition is unrelated to his cancer.
When I recently showed him a picture of my children, he was able to identify only the color of their shirts.Jack first asked me about medical marijuana in 2009. "What do you think of it?" he asked. I took a neutral stance, neither endorsing nor condemning it, and asked what he thought of it. "Well, I think it works," he said. I inquired exactly what was better with it. "I can actually sleep a full night when I use it. I've only used it twice," he said. "It helps me sleep, and it helps my back pain."We talked about where he received the marijuana, and if his primary care physician had prescribed it. "She wants nothing to do with it," he said."I got a joint from my daughter, and she got it from her dentist." I then asked Jack to think about if he wanted to complete the required paper work, so that he could receive medical marijuana himself. A month later, in January, 2010, we finished the paperwork together, and he submitted the application along with the $90 fee.Five months later, he still hasn't heard back from the state. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Jeffrey Sippel, Guest CommentaryPublished: May 22, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Storm Crow on May 22, 2010 at 09:45:06 PT
"Five months later....
he still hasn't heard back from the state."Everyone is down on California for the "free and easy" / "Wild West" approach of California! Well, THIS is why it is better! WE have NO 5 or 6 months of pain to live through while we wait for some over-worked clerk to get around to replying! During my last "re-up", it was no more than 15 minutes (driving time) before I was purchasing my meds- not 5 or 6 months of futile, pain-filled waiting!And at $90 a pop, you'd think that they could hire a few more clerks! After all, didn't they just report over 1,000 applications EVERY DAY? $90,000+ per day SHOULD be adequate to hire a fleet of clerks! Heaven knows, there are enough people who are unemployed and desperately looking for ANY job! This is nothing more than the stonewalling of sick people! I call it shameful and cruel! And in California, we do have problems- but mainly with petty government officials who have zero faith in the free market system and the American consumer! I firmly believe that the glut of dispensaries will be cut down by just simple supply and demand - exactly like what happened in the 1950s with the overabundance of gas stations! Does anyone else remember the "Gas Wars"? Same situation, just a different product!But unlike gasoline, cannabis can be "manufactured" (grown and dried) at home! The dispensaries will become a "niche market" like archery or tobacco shops. New patients, crop failures, those wanting to try a new variety and of course, the "pot snobs", will provide a MODEST living for the owners. The price WILL begin to fall rapidly, once "legalized" this fall. (There might be a "blip" of higher prices at first, though. Demand will be very high for a bit, then start to taper off.) The seeds and clones are already out there. My local dispensary is selling seeds for a buck each. Clones of named varieties go for $10 to $15. The genie is WAY out of the bottle in California- and the rest of the nation will follow! Colorado should be VERY ASHAMED of the way they are treating their sick people! Their government handles the giving out of DOG LICENSES better than easing the pain of the sick! 
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