Pubdate: Thu, 23 Apr 2015
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Keely Southwick


I would like to tell you about my grandmother. She was raised, and 
still is, Mormon. She has suffered so badly with arthritis that some 
days she can barely move, let alone sleep. She takes many pain 
killers and her liver is now in trouble because of them.

For years we tried to convince her to eat medical marijuana but, due 
to her beliefs about staying morally clean, she refused. Until this 
last year. We told her all of the benefits in the book, and let her 
speak to her doctor, her bishop and her heavenly father, to come up 
with the correct answer for her situation.

Finally the pain became more powerful than her resolve against this 
"drug" she felt so strongly about, and she agreed to let us make her 
an edible body salve. After, of course, getting a prescription for it.

She rubs it on her arthritis and takes it internally daily. She also 
found hemp oil online and is doing better than she has in years! This 
was truly the miracle she has prayed for.

Most people probably don't have a story like my grandmother's, and 
that is fortunate for them. But it does not give them the right to 
take away the opportunity we needed to finally give her, and so many 
others, relief from the excruciating pain they are living with.

I pray that we can somehow come to a middle ground with the district 
attorney to keep our community safe from drug traffickers, while 
still allowing and providing the opportunity to organically grow, and 
store, this medicine to the people who truly need it.

Keely Southwick

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