Yesterday Medical Marijuana finally went on sale at some dispensaries here in Connecticut. And I’ve been flooded with calls from reporters for quotes, sound bites, and comments.
And I thought long and hard about this all morning. Because my immediate reaction yesterday when a reporter called my house… while I was napping… were tears.
He told me how much the price per ounce was. And I closed my eyes… said GOD DAMMIT! And started to tear up. I know the reporter felt awful. (Ken… we all good babe!)
I started to cry because I fought so hard… stood up at so many hearings, went public with my story… and became a strong Medical Marijuana Advocate… all while living with Brain Cancer and using this medication to… well… live an amazing life!
So, instead of complaining about how sad I am at the program that has emerged in Connecticut… I’m going to be part of the solution. As I played a big part in creating this law… I will continue to be a part of the discussion… when it comes to improving the unfinished Medical Marijuana program.
So… sorry reporters… I won’t be good for a quick sound bite… and maybe a few tears. Not this time.
This time I want you to cover the whole story. Not just the sad Brain Cancer patient who’s disappointed… but the strong and educated patient… who will never stop improving the quality of life, here in CT, for all suffering patients.
This is where the story begins.
I had my first consultation a few weeks ago, as a registered patient, at one of the dispensaries. I was heartbroken at what I saw.
A bong salesman in a tie-dye t-shirt… in the parking lot… doing business with the Manager of the dispensary.
And over the course of the next hour, the Pharmacist and Manager asked me a thousand questions… because I was more educated in the science of Cannabis than they were.
The Pharmacist said he was going to go online and learn a lot more. WTF… now… now he’s going to go online to learn!
They asked me about starting out patients on Cannabis Oil… what do I use as a recommended dosage? What is my dosage and how do I dose?
Greg and I left feeling so discouraged… and I thought about going to the press then.
But… then I realized… with the loving and much more calm words of my husband… that I wasn’t helping to solve the problem… I was just adding to it.
So, here’s what I think.
I think there is A LOT of work to be done on building the Medical Marijuana program here in CT. There needs to be a huge educational campaign… for Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, caregivers and patients.
I’m blown away and vastly disappointed that none of the producers have come out with Cannabis Oil yet. As… that is the REAL medicine.
Medical Marijuana can be used to manage a variety of side effects from disease… from pain and shaking… to nausea and seizures.
But the Medicine needs to be used and distributed with the right information.
CT has a long way to go… but I will be part of the rise of the program… and not part of its demise.
P.S. (Thank god I have a husband with a cooler head than mine!)