This article is meant for progressive thinkers. If you believe that patients with cerebral palsy, terminal cancers and other body crippling ailments do not deserve safe access to medicinal marijuana, then stop reading this right now. Your likely an
Working @ the student Rec Center on the campus of UofO, I was fortunate enough to get to witness one student in particular come in and rehab weekly on the treadmills. With the help of a rehab therapist, this student who suffered from cerebral palsy, was able to 'walk' on the treadmill for short stints at a time. It was remarkable. Seeing the smile on the kids face as he got to achieve something he never thought he would; being able to walk. All the while guests at The Rec starred at him like he was a freak. Broke my heart. Imagine having full recognition of your environment around you, down to being able to discuss your favorite sports team, or who is the cutest chick or meathead at the gym, yet, at the same time continual and habitually 'spazzing' out to the point that your arms and head flail helplessly and wildly, while often, your simultaneously unable to stop yourself from drooling excessively. Ya, that's the kind of hell this poor kid has to endure daily. His rehab therapist explained to me how the only medication powerful enough to lessen this kids continual body pains was medicinal marijuana. Without it, the kid claimed life was hardly worth living.
Patients have 3 choices. Grow it. Buy it from a private party. Buy it from a dispensary. Growing can interfere with the landlord-tenant relationship, relationships with your neighbors, etc. Buying medication from a dispensary likely means paying 2x the price it would cost to go to a private party for your meds (upwards of $400 an O here in San Diego). And the last option? Buy from a private party. I find this site fascinating. The 'rippers', or the bad guys who steal from unsuspecting patients, basically know that your average patient is not going to run to cops claiming how he or she has legal rights subsequent to their 'drug deal' going afoul. The 'rippers' have effectively figured out a way to 'rip' the system at the expense of honest, unassuming victim/patients. This is one of many ramification that result as a bi-product of irrational and wholly illogical state and federal laws. Our generation can change this people.
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