I am only 19 years old and I suffer from manic depressive disorder, psychosis, and endometriosis. I have been prescribed over twenty different medications, which made me too “zombi-fied” to go about daily situations. And eventually, I became immune to each of my medications, having to stay home. I couldn’t attend school for days, or any other extra curricular activities. I use to be in so much pain, mentally and physically, I decided to give up, until a mutual friend heard how I was coping with my situation and suggested I try cannabis. I denied it, “it’s not legal and doctors know what they’re doing” I said. I was having a bad spell one day and decided to hit a bowl. I mean, why not? I’ve tried every other scientifically altered medication, why not herb too? I would say at least 5 minutes later, I was relaxed beyond relief and still able to function for the first time I can remember. Ever since, if I have a bad flare up or feel as if I’m sinking back into the depths of my ‘disorders’ I take a couple drags and I feel uplifted and hopeful. Why should we take medications on top of each other EVERY DAY, when we can create another medical branch to stand alone one to use OCCASIONALLY?
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.