Hi, I’m a 32 year old mother of 3, Sunday school teacher, community volunteer, journalist and I have MS….I have never broken the law outside of speeding at times, until a few months ago. Diagnosed at 25 with ms after losing my vision, and relapse, after relapse the pain became unbearable… I received a prescription of Loritab to help with the pain, they did that and so much more, 90 pills and 2 months later I was hooked…if I didn’t have the pain medication I was unbearable to be around…I had a narcotic contract and sat in a room full of people that appeared to be mostly “junkies” just to get these much needed pain relief ‘magic pills’. It was when my 4 year old asked me what happened to “my mommy” that I realized these pills were sabotaging my life. I was either hyped up, comatose or an emotional wreck…I tried every pain medication available, trying to find one that wouldn’t add a whole new realm of side effects. I had to start taking pills for the anxiety I encountered with the pain pills, another pill for nausea that occurred when taking the pain pills, a pill to sleep due to when the pills made me hyper, a pill to keep me awake for when the pain pills knocked me out. I gave up, went thru horrible withdrawal and starting smoking marijuana. I had not smoked marijuana since high school. I personally only like the “high feeling” at times, it definitely helps headaches, and calms your nerves instantly. The feeling it gives my body has been a miracle. I no longer have to take pills for pain, spasticity, sleep, or anxiety. My liver doesn’t need the extra pills because ms treatment includes steroids during a relapse. I wish I could legally obtain, securely grow or possess marijuana. If I were to get caught with this illegal miracle my life would be ruined. I am a big member of my community and I teach so many children…I hate having to hide this. I will take the risk though bc I know what is best for me and 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.