I have suffered with serious insomnia for the last 5 years. It was so bad that just getting an hour of sleep a night was a pain. This of course caused me to be irritable, effecting my familial and romantic relationships. It negatively impacted my performance on the job site which caused me to lose my job and forfeit my income. I tried every medication I could get my hands on to help with sleep and the result was always the same. Sleep, but restless sleep. I would wake up exhausted and groggy from the effects of the pills. Finally, a family friend recommended marijuana. He suffered from the same insomnia problems I did and told me that marijuana had saved him. He promised restful sleep with no nagging side effects. I was skeptical but after some serious research I took him up on his offer. I was amazed. Restful sleep that lasted all night with no groggy, hangover effects. I have been a user ever since. I have a family and a job…to say that the fear of arrest is high would be an understatement. I live in constant fear that I will be caught and prosecuted for possession of the substance that has allowed me to continue to do the things I’m obligated to do for my family and I. Legalization would change my life. It would give me a peace of mind and validate the fact that this drug that has been demonized is a miracle and should be free for the usage of adults that understand the effects and the responsibilities of the substance.
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.