Pubdate: Sun, 08 May 2011 Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT) Copyright: 2011 The Billings Gazette Contact: http://billingsgazette.com/app/contact/?contact=letter Website: http://www.billingsgazette.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/515 Author: Jolie Riojas MARIJUANA HAS HELPED WITH MS SYMPTOMS There has been a lot of opinions on the topic of medical marijuana, counselors claiming they can tell what's wrong with people just by looking at them, grandmas content with prescribed drugs for "aches and pains." There is only one opinion I care about, my doctor's! Mike Milburn, James Knox, Steve Zabawa, Cherrie Brady and countless others are not doctors! I live with a debilitating disease that has no cure. I successfully use cannabis to treat both symptoms of multiple sclerosis and side effects caused by prescribed drugs used to modify to disease progression. Senate Bill 423 will make it impossible for me to obtain my medicine. I will be forced back on prescribed drugs that either don't work or cause even more unwanted side effects. Most likely I will become homebound as a result from these narcotic pain medications and muscle relaxers. It's hard to be productive as a wife and mother when one is being forced to be bedbound! I have tried prescribed drugs and suffered from them. That is the reason I sought out alternative medicine. To my surprise it has worked and given me hope for the future living with a disease like MS. That is something I don't take for granted! Since I have been going to a storefront caregiver, I have had constant and safe access that has given me the ability to treat my condition with success! There is an awful lot of judgment toward the medical marijuana community. If you don't know what you are talking about, keep it to yourself. Your body, your medicine -- my body, my medicine! Jolie Riojas Billings - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.