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What Does A Medical Marijuana Patient Look Like?


medical marijuana patientThere Is No ‘One Size Fits All’ Description Of A Medical Cannabis User

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘medical marijuana patient?’ Because I have so many friends that are medical marijuana patients, I instantly get visions in my head of faces of people that I know. They come from all walks of life. Old people, young people, men, women, tall people, even little hobbity people like myself, and everything in between. I’m sure it’s the same for TWB readers in areas where medical marijuana programs are implemented.

Opponents of medical marijuana will have a narrower picture in their heads when they hear the term ‘medical marijuana patient.’ When asked to describe medical marijuana patients, medical marijuana opponents will always describe someone that is young, healthy, and has no visual appearances of any ailments. It always blows my mind how these uneducated people all of a sudden become Dr. House when it comes to medical marijuana. They don’t need proof or facts. All opponents of medical marijuana need is one example of someone that doesn’t fit their preconceived notions of what a medical marijuana patient should look like, and they will forever rail against medical marijuana as a cover up for recreational use.

I love to argue with these people. Medical marijuana opponents want to make it about the one person they heard of or saw on the news. But they fail to recognize that despite what one person looks like visually, marijuana is scientifically proven to have medicinal qualities, period. Passing judgement on a person that they know nothing about can never take that away. Rather than try to argue with medical marijuana opponents about whether someone is too young looking to have a medical marijuana card or not is unproductive and irrelevant if you ask me. I make the conversation about medical marijuana, and if a doctor feels that it helps someone, and their doctor credentials are in order, then who is anyone else on the planet to say otherwise? Especially people that have no medical experience whatsoever.

I am thirty years old. I do not look like a ‘typical’ medical marijuana patient according to medical marijuana opponents. I know this because at least one person will tell me so every day. I walk fine, I don’t look visually sick, and I have more energy than most Monster drink consumers (just ask Ninjasmoker!). As a result, some people feel the need to bash my marijuana use and call my card a fraud. I suffer from sever tendinitis. Two decades of constant typing, over a decade of texting, a decade of repetitive motions in office jobs, and half a decade of balloon art will do that to a person’s hands and wrists.

I can either take a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs and rot my organs, or I can consume marijuana and get more relief. I think I’ll choose the second, regardless of what it makes other people think. My condition is far from the only one that is not noticeable to the naked eye.If you are a medical marijuana opponent, please wait to pass judgement on people. After all, chances are you don’t look like you need all of the pharm dope that you have in your medicine cabinet!


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  1. I live on Long Island so i don’t have the luxury of medical marijuana, not legally anyway!
    When I turned 41 my health went from strong and able even though I’ve had two back surgeries 3 & 5 years prior. It was just one thing after another, until i had lost 60 lbs and was taking a pharmacy of drugs for blood pressure, thyroid disease, cronic pancreatitis, ulcerated colitis and PAIN! UNBEARABLE PAIN! The Dr had no idea what the problem was or how to treat it. Actually the thyroid disease was one of the last things to be Dx’d despite all the evidence to point to it. Anyway When I was not treated for 3 years, turns out your thyroid will destroy your organs one at a time. You basically fall apart. And now the opiods are destroying my bones.
    Now i am off the pain meds but my quilty of life sucks! I’ve lost all the drive and spirit and energy to go on. I used weed in the past for nausea and sleep, my kids would get it for me. Then i felt it was not a good idea to have your kids scoring weed for their parents, so i stopped using it. Now 17 years after my first surgery, my daughter is going to start sending me brownies to help me sleep and lift me up during the day. My greatest hope is that it relieves my pain and reduces my depression.
    I really wish Ny would have compassion on patients who don’t want to use heroin based drugs when there is something so much better , safer, and natural. IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME!

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