Guest POV | Medical MarijuanaPosted: Jan 28, 2015 9:33 AM CST Updated: Jan 28, 2015 3:55 PM CST
WDRB Guest Editorial By Jaime Montalvo
I have Multiple Sclerosis. I've been fighting this disease for eight years.
I have muscle spasms, tremor uncontrollably, and I'm scared. Cannabis relieves these symptoms.
In Kentucky, thousands of Veterans suffer from PTSD and haven't responded to treatment.
Sadly, too many choose suicide as a last resort for escaping their demons. I have personal combat veteran friends who testify that smoking Cannabis relieves them within seconds after waking up from horrendous nightmares.
Kentucky has the highest cancer death rate of all 50 states. You probably know someone who has had cancer. Cancer treatments also bring some of the most debilitating side effects. Twenty thousand Kentuckians a year face this diagnosis. Marijuana has been studied and proven to relieve these effects. The nausea brought about by chemotherapy is relieved within seconds of inhaling Cannabis.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana reports over 90,000 individuals suffer from epilepsy in our area. Like cancer treatments, medications used to manage seizures have debilitating side effects. Not every patient can tolerate the treatments, and the drugs often stop working. Cannabis oil has been heralded for decreasing certain patients' seizures from 300 per week to zero or one.
Cannabis is helping us cope with our symptoms. Please help us by contacting your legislator at 800-372-7181 asking them to support medical marijuana legislation.
I'm Jaime Montalvo, founder of Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana, and that's my point of view.