Hello, I would like to not only share my testimony but very willing and want to be able to testify for legalization of marijuana for more than the small subset currently for GA. I have had multiple surgeries which require high doses of oxycodone (4 – 15mg/day) including Valium for muscle cramps and spasms which cause major migraines which I must take maxalt in addition to nerve block and botox shots every 90 days. Oxycodone and all opioids have side effects including addiction and reduced effectiveness requiring more per day, and over time higher and higher doses. I started out 15 years ago after breaking my neck (c6) which needed a discectomy w fusion of c5 to c7 w plates and screws, and that caused c7 to t1s disc to rupture and needing c7 to t1 fusion. The original neck surgery started my enjoyable journey of opioids at 5/325 norco/apap, and 90 Valium and lidoderm patches. Over 15 years I have been on norco 5/325 moving up to 15/325, gabapenton and Lyrica which had terrible side effects. Nucynta which also had bad side effects. All opioids have a side effect if terrible constipation so you must take laxatives. Fiber is recommended but does not help me at all. Opioids cause dehydration, head aches, addiction, constipation, increasing amounts and strength and addiction, or Dr’s use anti-depressants which have their own issues including suicidal thoughts, depression (full list on any of the drug makers site. Both shoulders have had a clavicle resection (cutting about 1/2 inch removed from the tip by the shoulder. Cubital tunnel release on my right arm, and both knees repaired. Needless to say, I’m in chronic pain. Marijuana is, as you are aware, the only natural pain reliever that does not have any of the side effects of opioids or anti-depressants. A simple comparison of thc to opioids, anti-depressants and alcohol is really a no brainer. Why is marijuana a natural pain reliever, stops any pain type, no side effects illegal when all the legal (and amazingly backed by massive pharmaceutical lobbyist) illegal. Alcohol – somewhat a pain reliever, legal and has bad side effects of addiction, liver disease, and a long list backed by scientist and to much can and will cause death. Opioids – legal, major side effects including death from overdose and even related to major crime Anti-depressants – legal, long list of side effects including death. Marijuana – legal only to a very small few, can grow in GA thus you must break federal law to by over in legal states, side effects, hunger (which chronic pain sufferers do not have any appetite, and made worse by opioids and anti-depressants, over does is very very rare if at all possible. Some strains can cause paranoia, but simply don’t use those strains for pain relief. Many people that have had a discectomy suffer incredible pain most people do not and cannot understand until they have had this surgery. The nerve block (steroid and lidocaine) injections also cause health issues including cataracts, thickening skin that feels and looks like leather, diminished bone density and much more. I don’t see how so many legal meds which cause many more problems than they help are the only legal pain relievers. Anyone can grow without ever having to pay anyone again, big pharmaceutical companies obviously don’t like this. Insurance companies don’t get to make their money, doctors don’t need to have monthly med refill appointments. Who is truly against this and why? The pain sufferers surely want this. An amazing amount of research even on cnn has proven thc works better and only on the pain receptors. We must ask the legislature, why? The misleading crime and addiction? So opiods, anti- depressants, and alcohol all have high crime, so why is this one natural pain reliever the only one they refuse to let anyone use? If you need anyone who is in high standing in the community, who has no agenda other than have a med that actually stops pain without all the negative side effects, please feel free to contact me.
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.