County of Santa Cruz et. al. v. Gonzales et. al.
These plaintiffs claim that the constitution prevents the feds from
interfering with patient's rights.
||Harold Margolin developed a
massive edema after a double cervical fusion operation, and was later
diagnosed with chronic peripheral neuropathy. Harold experienced a loss of
muscle control after using the conventional medication Neurontin to control
his pain. When he does not use Medical Marijuana, Harold suffers from
debilitating pain that prevents him from being active. With Medical
Marijuana, Harold is able to live a very active life, walking, exercising
and volunteering for the community.
Alliance for Human Research Protection
a non-profit organization, has a lot to say about the dangers of Neurontin.
report submitted to the NIH
regarding Marijuana and AIDS.
testimonials from AIDS patients.
Unfortunately Michael died from AIDS and Bone Cancer
Michael Cheslosky was diagnosed
with HIV/AIDS in 1983, and since then has suffered from debilitating
side-effects as well as several other chronic medical conditions, including
Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Hepatitis C. Michael experiences recurrent pneumonia,
chronic pain and wasting syndrome as a result of his illness.
started using medical marijuana to help treat his nausea, and chronic pain
and has found it to be more effective than any of the other treatments he
has tried. Additionally, Michael speaks
throughout Santa Cruz about his experience
with HIV/AIDS, and has found that his use of medical marijuana has had a
positive impact on his ability to serve the community.
RIP -- Unfortunately Dorothy died from post-Polio
Dorothy Gibbs is the oldest
member of WAMM, at age 93. Dorothy suffers from Post-Polio Syndrome, which
has caused permanent damage in her legs, spine, and back. She has been in
nearly constant pain for decades and homebound for several years. Her
physician has prescribed various medications for her over the years, but
they either did not work or caused harmful and debilitating side effects.
When Dorothy began using medical marijuana at the age of 86, she almost
immediately experienced its positive effects on her pain and nausea.
Dorothy believes that she should have the right to use anything that may
help to relieve her pain, and that her last years, months and days should
not be spent suffering.
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Unfortunately Eladio died from complications around throat cancer.
Eladio Acosta suffers from
throat cancer. Medical marijuana is the only medication that stimulates his
suppressed appetite and alleviates his chronic and severe pain – all
symptoms of his cancer and side effects of his conventional treatment.
Eladio is a 54 year old native of the Phillipines, who never smoked
marijuana before using it for medical purposes.
|Valerie Corral was in an
automobile accident at the age of 20 suffering a severe closed head trauma
and subsequent grand mal seizures. Doctors prescribed a myriad of
anticonvulsants and pain medications which were unsuccessful in preventing
seizures and were only minimally successful in reducing her pain. The
medications also sedated Valerie to a near vegetative state. Valerie’s use
of medical marijuana has controlled her seizures and restored normalcy to
her life; she can now do virtually everything that she did before her
WAMM with her husband, Michael, in the mid 1990’s
to help other low-income patients be able to access medical marijuana in a
safe and supportive environment.
||Jennifer Lee Hentz
was diagnosed at 35 years of age with Stage IV colon and lymph node cancer. She suffers intense pain from the cancer, and every round
of chemotherapy brings on waves of nausea that leave her doubling over with
pain. Jennifer uses medical marijuana to
relieve these symptoms as well as to keep down the
other traditional medicines that she must take.