Cannabis has saved my life

I am a proud father, Veteran and Cannabis patient and advocate. I have used Cannabis since I was 12 years old as an alternative form of self medication. I proudly served my country during two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and I was subsequently discharged from the military for Cannabis use. I returned home and fulfilled my dream to become a Firefighter and later a decorated Firefighter Paramedic. I worked part time as a Paramedic at Emory University Hospital with aspirations of joining the Paramedic to Nurse program in my state. I balanced both careers until I became gravely ill in 2014. My illness became severe enough that it forced my resignation from my position within the Fire Department as well as Emory University Hospital. After battling through multiple secondary illness’s I chose Cannabis as an alternative to multiple Rx narcotics as well as other GI related medications. I suffered extreme weight loss (62 lbs), a severe cardiac episode and became severely depressed as a result. During my shut in state it became vastly apparent that my illness accompanied with suppressed PTSD lead to a dangerous depressive state that nearly became fatal. I have a long medical history of physical injuries which have left me in nonstop chronic pain. I have not slept a full night in over a decade, as I now live off short naps interrupted by panic attacks. I was able to slowly detox myself from all Rx medications and begin a self designed recovery plan all made possible my medical Cannabis and educating myself on the Endocannabinoid system. In making such a drastic pro life choice, it has come to light that I am no longer viewed as contributing member of society but as a drug user. This has left a void inside me that during my recovery, has led my vow to take my drive, passion and intellect; and transition it into the Cannabis industry. I am now unemployed and seemingly unemployable in the state of GA. I am set to become a medical refugee upon raising enough funds to transition to a medical Cannabis state. I started The CanniMedic Facebook and Instagram page to network with others as well as to share my pain and struggles with the world. I have learned that I am the new face of PTSD in public service, and I know that the only medication that helps treat the signs and symptoms of this deadly disease is Cannabis. I would like to fully volunteer my services to NORML in any capacity deemed befitting. I am currently unemployed and I am not currently able to afford a membership. I can assure that what I lack in financial resources, I most certainly make up for it with my drive, my passion, and my love for helping others and the plant that saved my life. Cannabis is medicine, and it saved my life. I was heartbroken when SB145 failed to receive a vote at the last session. I was deterred but I am not broken. I know that I have the ability to lead others and I will continue to do so. Thank you for this organization and I look forward to hearing from you.

About Author

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 highlighting the stories and work of other women in the fight to end marijuana prohibition.

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