I am 38 I have high blood pressure Diabetes(insulin 5 times a day 1 herniated(C-2) 1 ruptured(C-3) disc in my neck, also 2 herniated discs(L4-5 L5-s1) Degenerative disc . Glaucoma runs in my family my contacts are -10 left -11 right. I was born and raised in Georgia and have only been in trouble on marijuana misdemeanor charges. One off those misdemeanors marijuana charges, wasn’t put in the system right and is showing up as a felony. At the time I was working as a security guard and personal bodyguard. This mistake ended my career while on probation. After having an accident I got violated told the judge the situation and was sentenced to 9 months in a work camp, which I wasn’t able to do so I was shipped to prison. When I got out I didn’t smoke for 2 years. During those 3 years of incarceration and probation I gained 100 pounds and the above problems started presented themselves. After another car accident I got to the point where I couldn’t walk. With no job and no insurance I just kept going to the ER. Now I can’t walk I’m at the ER they give me lots of pain meds and tell me to leave! After trying to get up out of anger. I told them, I’ll leave if you can get me up! After looking at this 355 pound man they admitted me. They gave me a MRI, an epidural and the hospital’s lawyer helped me get disability. Great right! Yes I’m very thankful, but for all of you who think I got it made think again! My wife makes less than $12 an hour, disability pays me less than $200 a month. I’m on opioid therapy for my back and neck pain. It helps but not enough, so I started back smoking the day my brother died. The pain relief was extraordinary,unbelievable! But the next time nothing. After researching I found some medical grade Irena and some sour diesel that relieved the pain. After smoking for a few months I noticed a great side effects! I began to need less and less insulin after telling my endocrinologist. She did a blood test my A1C was in normal range! My insulin was reduced and now I take my insulin maybe once a week! So I go tell my pain management doctor. Long story short piss test and discharged. I live every day in fear of God because I’ve been kicked out of my congregation for admitting smoking flowers. In fear of losing my disability health insurance! In fear of getting locked up for trying to treat my conditions. What Georgia is doing to it’s residents is a travesty! I have lost my freedom,career,religious family and money in fines! To top it all off I have a felony that keeps me from defending my family to the best of my ability. I’ve not been able to receive any public assistance because in Georgia if you have a drug charge you can’t receive assistance? Ok Georgia listen up you have ended my career, you’ve forced me below the poverty line you’ve given me a felony I didn’t earn! you’ve sentenced me to prison for not paying you,and I don’t want your damn food stamps! I’m not asking for much just let me vapor in peace too relive my pain.and legalize medical marijuana! I know you make a lot of money putting people in jail for marijuana. But some of us really have very real problems and with all this land when not if the Fed legalize marijuana if we’re ahead of the curve Georgia could be a big distributor. I’m from Georgia these law makers don’t care about nothing or no one, but they do care about money! Do the research the money that will hit Georgia will give you plenty of pots to put your hand in. Yours truly Georgia victim.
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.