To say I was thrilled is about the biggest understatement a person could make. I was beyond ecstatic and hopeful for future legalization efforts.
Little did I know that in 2017 I would receive a diagnosis that would make me personally eligible for medical cannabis myself.
Talk about mixed emotions...
I have been waiting what seems my whole life to be able to freely use cannabis. Little did I know it would come at a cost. I have MS. Multiple Sclerosis.
With my new diagnosis, I started on a journey of knowledge and understanding. I wanted nothing more than to be able to sit and smoke a joint legally, but quickly found out that was not allowed.
After further research into the medical program in my state, I became more hesitant about getting all signed up and on the registry as the forms of medical cannabis available at the time were pills, tinctures, edibles and other forms I was not familiar with. I had no desire to go spend a bunch of money on a certification just to end up getting a bunch of stuff I was afraid to even try..
So I waited… And it happened!!
The flower form of cannabis became medically approved in my state and I was now able to go get certified and legally smoke pot! So I discussed my desire to join the registry with my neurologist and new family doc. Both were not only okay with it, but encouraged it.
While it's been almost 2 years since my diagnosis, I’m still stunned and not accepting of this monster, but the silver lining, it made me eligible to medicate the way I want to. I have refused all traditional treatments for MS as I am a side effect reader and researcher when it comes to something like this. No way was I willing to put that poison in my body..
There is so much more to my story, and just no time in this post.. For more details about my initial sign up on the medical marijuana registry and my first dispensary visits, watch my recap video below!