In september, 2014 I suffered a horrific gunshot wound to the calf area of my leg. Because of my wound I was prescribed oxycodone for pain relief. It is now january 2015 and although my wound has closed up, i still experience chronic pain in my leg because of the permanent tissue and nerve damage that occurred. For pain management I found myself swallowing loads of oxys and ibuprofen. The oxys caused me terrible hallucinations and the ibuprofen were causing me terrible stomach cramps and nausea. I totally stopped taking both. I did my research to find another way to manage my chronic pain. In November of 2014, I decided to try cannabis as an alternative to oxys and ibuprofen. So far I can say the cannabis has helped me tremendously with pain management without the hallucinations, stomach cramping and nausea caused by prescription pills. I am sharing my story with the world because I want the government to stop criminalizing its citizens because we choose to use a natural herb to help us with pain management, anxiety, and the many ills we as citizens are suffering from. I work 2 jobs, am earning my bachelor’s degree, pay my taxes, raised three children to adulthood, stay out of trouble, and help my fellow brother when I can. Does that sound like criminality to you Mr. Governor ?
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.