I am a combat veteran suffering from chronic pain from injuries suffered in combat as well as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. I can see the negative views of legalizing marijuana in Georgia, but I ask congress to understand there are many positives to recreational use. Smoking marijuana has kept my ptsd and chronic pain at bay while the medication I receive from the doctor only causes more problems for myself than the reason i went to the hospital. Unlike pills marijuana is not addictive, it is less likely for someone to commit suicide or cause harm to others. Unlike drinking alcohol, marijuana has not killed one person and has helped not only myself but many others like me ease my chronic pain and depression/anxiety and has helped me remember things I usually have problems with. I suffered a mild brain injury in iraq. I have always been anti prescription medication because it seems everytime I take pills from the dr I end up with a worse condition for example I ended up in the e.r. from taking a prescription the doctor prescribed. The only thing I see wrong with marijuana is that the government is keeping this cure for multiple problems like depression, ptsd, chronic pain, seizures,etc away from those who need it most here in Georgia. It is less likely for someone who is smoking marijuana to go rob a store or commit a violent or deadly crime than someone who drinks or takes drugs. It is honestly the only reason I have not ended my own life as I have fought and killed for my country and come home with injuries that I suffer from to this day. Furthermore I believe if other states can see these valid reasons as cause to legalize marijuana and make it work, then it is very possible for Georgia to realize also and follow suit because it could not only save my life but it could save thousands if not millions of others just like myself. Sincerely, a concerned infantry combat veteran and proud resident of Georgia.
Sharon is a wife, mother, caregiver, business owner and life long resident of Georgia. Her eyes were opened when her family was traumatized by the “War on Drugs”, she uses her ears to listen to other victims and her voice to tell their stories and educate others on the direct and indirect harms of prohibition and how it affects us all.
Sharon has been a guest on numerous radio stations across the country as well as local and regional TV news affiliates. As well as LadyBud Magazine, HighTimes Magazine and Main Street. She was recently nominated by Mass/Cann NORML for National Female Activist of the Year. Sharon has traveled the country speaking on various topics including drug policy, activism, southern strategies and harm reduction. She produces a segment on 420radio.com highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.