I am a medical marijuana patient in the state of California. I suffer from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme’s disease and Sjogren’s syndrome. I use cannabis to help deal with my symptoms. I was a resident of Georgia for 10 years. I lived in Smyrna and Douglasville. My entire immediate family lives in Georgia, Atlanta metro. I had to leave Georgia in order to receive safe access to medical marijuana. Using medical marijuana has greatly improved my quality of life. I was prescribed 8 medications per day to help control the symptoms I suffer from. I have eliminate 5 of those medications with medical marijuana. It is my wish that Georgia implement a medical marijuana program so that I can move home and be closer to my family. It has been extremely difficult being sick and living across the country away from my family. However it is what I must do to live and have a higher quality of life. Because of the complications with lupus, I am unable to have children. My sister lives in East Point and she is pregnant with her second child. My brother lives in Alpharetta and he has a 4 year old daughter. I am missing my nieces and nephews growing up because of prohibition. I have tried a CBD only regiment, however CBDs are not enough to help treat all of my symptoms. THC helps with the nausea and anxiety I deal with caused by lupus. I urge Georgia to look at whole plant legislation as the whole plant is needed to help me deal with my symptoms. Georgia legislators, please consider people like me that are victims of prohibition. I am a real patient that has had to flee Georgia in order to receive the medicine I need. I need to be closer to my family. Please get a real medical marijuana law enacted in Georgia so that I can be with my family.
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.