Reduces My Pain

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Great Falls Tribune

I’m a 60-year-old female. On Sept. 22, 2010, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I had lost vision in my left eye and lesions were throughout my brain. Since then, I have suffered two severe relapses and now have MS in every area of my brain. I’m sharing my story because I support I-182. Medical marijuana had become a vital support medicine for me until I lost access on Aug. 31 because of Senate Bill 423. I had lost my sense of taste and smell, the ability to feel thirst and hunger and feeling in my body. When I was diagnosed, I was told I’d be in a wheelchair within one year. Medical marijuana is the only treatment I’ve found that gives me moments of cellular relief from the prison that is MS. It allows me a quality of life I thought I’d lost. I cannot use dangerous opioids because my immune system has gone to critical twice now. I’ll be sick for the rest of my life, and slowly my body will fail me. Medical marijuana allows me some peace. Thanks to medical marijuana, my sense of taste is back. I tasted honey for the first time in my life last Christmas. I support I-182, not just for me and my needs, but for all patients who have the need and the right to seek out beneficial treatments without reliance on harmful opioid painkillers. Vote “yes” on I-182 so patients like me have safe and legal access to their medicine.