I thought families mattered to our elected officials

I have lived in Georgia for the past 8 years. I suffer from chronic pain and have complex migraines at least 20 days a month and suffer from absence seizures . I take 22 different medications a day. I am unable to drive or leave my home. I have lost my independence and feel as if I am just a burden on my children and husband. In August of 2016 my husband flew me to Washington to stay with a friend so I could be on a marijuana regimen. I stayed for 5 months. I was able to go off all but 3 medications. I was able to enjoy life again. I was able to go to dinner, cook, clean, and even go to the mall and shop. I love my family very much and missed them so I came home and went back on all my medications. I am seriously considering living in Washington 6 months out of the year so I can have some quality of life. I never used marijuana before in my life, but when I was in Washington and went to a dispensary they helped me to find a vaporizer and oil cartridge that best suited my needs. I never felt high or out of control I just felt like my old self again. I just don’t understand why families have to be separated to receive health care. I hope my story helps to legalize marijuana in Georgia.

About Author

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.