I am a 22 year old woman suffering from Glaucoma. I used to be employed by Moviestop, a relatively small but growing business in the Southwestern part of the states and I recently lost my job and my promotion into management due to failing a drug test. I will admit, I use marijuana regularly. I cannot afford health insurance, even through Obamacare and I was refused disability. I cannot afford the medicine and my eye doctor was surprised I wasn’t blind yet due to my eye pressure being above and beyond the safe range. I face every day with insecurity and pain. It feels as if someone is hitting me over each eyeball with a hammer in constant waves while the pain acts like a blindfold to everything around me. I have had occasions where I have cried myself to sleep, with a dangerous amount of aspirin inside me because of the immense pressure and pain I feel. I am terrified that any day I’ll be blind and unable to care for myself or proceed with life normally. I am terrified of losing my sight. I am terrified of losing all I know to be dear because of this. When I use marijuana, it takes the pain away, It’s like I can feel the pain melting away to numbness and that constant pain is dulled to a slow ache-and sometimes it’s like I don’t feel anything. By all means, if the government would like to pay-in full for my medicine I would stop in a heartbeat, but for now this is the only thing I can afford and that helps. Put yourself in my shoes, my eyeballs and then tell me you wouldn’t try to make the pain stop.
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.