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Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 05:17 PM:
To Whom It May Concern:
I have a potentially serious problem at hand. My Domestic Partner and I recently relocated on a temporary basis from California. In the state of California, my boyfriend has been a medical marijuana patient for nearly two years for treatment of the conditions stated below. Though TN laws differ from those of CA, he has continued to follow the medical advice of his physician to protect his health by way of what we deem 'medically necessary' use of medical grade marijuana. Though he was cultivating and possessing a minimal amount of marijuana for personal and medical use only, he is pending 2 felony charges as of October 14, 2010.
He has previously been diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) which is a condition in which stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. Due to the severity of his condition, he has also experienced pain and discomfort associated with a hiatal hernia which is where the stomach protrudes upward into the chest through the diaphragm. His symptoms are far from mild and interfere with the ability to perform simple daily functions as well as maintain a healthy diet when left untreated. His symptoms are advanced and cause nearly immediate regurgitation of food and beverage once consumed. The pain associated with this also causes shaking, sweating, fever, nausea for extended periods of time, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath.
Additionally, he has had multiple maxillofacial surgeries over the past few years, which were rather invasive, to remove a recurring cyst in his right nasal cavity. This recurring cyst is incurable and the only options available are to treat symptoms and ultimately remove it once the opening in the nasal cavity is restricted due to the space inhabited by the cyst. The cyst causes intermittent pain as a result of the surrounding tissue becoming inflamed and irritated. This results in severe sinus pressure, headaches, pain in the eye socket and drainage of fluid.
Before exploring medical Marijuana as a alternative treatment option, he has unsuccessfully and repeatedly attempted to treat these conditions with standard prescribed medications. He has been prescribed a wide variety of medications for the stomach complications which seem to worsen the symptoms rather than alleviate them. He is also unable to take pain medications and anti- inflammatory drugs to treat symptoms associated with the cyst as they induce vomiting shortly after ingestion due the severity of his GERD. His weight and health conditions fluctuate drastically, and the pain has also interfered with his attendance at work on numerous occasions.
Since becoming a medical marijuana patient, he has been able to reduce the frequency in which he suffers from GERD symptoms and it enables him to maintain a healthy diet. When using medical marijuana, the stomach irritation is nearly non- existent and it eliminates the need for multiple, ineffective, chemically manufactured pharmaceutical drugs that in turn pose a risk for additional side effects and complications. It also minimizes pain and swelling in the nasal cavity resulting from the cyst, without further irritating his stomach condition. Medicating with marijuana has improved his quality of life and has allowed him to function as a normal, seemingly healthy individual.
We are flabbergasted to say the least, that he is facing criminal charges in one state for something that is medically recommended in another. He has obeyed the law to the best of his ability without putting his health at risk. He has no intention of illegally distributing marijuana that is cultivated in our residence, nor has he persuaded any other member of society to use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. The cultivation and possession was not intended for use or distribution to anyone other than himself for medicinal purposes only.
I am trying to have this story heard in hopes of raising awareness and helping TN and other states consider allowing physicians to recommend the use of marijuana for treatment of debilitating illnesses. These respectable, working members of the community should not be incarcerated or prosecuted for preserving and controlling their own bodies.
Thank you for your careful consideration of this matter.
Ms. Erin Hudson
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:09 AM:
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Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 09:31 PM:
my name is tyler brake and i have been dealing with crohn's disease for almost 2 years not as long as mosty but unfortunatly all the poain meds they use on me make me 5x sicker and the meds i have for my disease do nothing but me keep okay for about 2-3 months where i end up back into the hospital for about a week and end up back on prednisone i have been using MJ to keep me out of the hospital but unfortunatly i can't buy groceries pay rent and bills and buy my "medicine" at 70 a quarter and needing about an ounce a week i cant pay for it. i seriously need to be able to grow my own MJ so i can stop taking the expensive salofalk and emuron(sp) ...any help that you can give me would be greatly apreciated ...... thank you for your time "
Friday, March 13 at 08:05 PM:
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