The Carroll County Times interviewed Randy and Lisa Crawford recently. Randy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January this year, the cancer destroyed two of his vertebrae and, he was immediately forced to stop working.
A dream comes true
The family had a dream of one day seeing the redwood forest on the West Coast and visiting Oregon, but it seemed unlikely that this dream would be realized. After a short spell of radiation and chemotherapy, Randy felt miserable, and developed extremely painful neuropathy in his legs. Randy decided to quit palliative care and spend what little time he had left with his family not feeling so sick and nauseous.
Their trip to Oregon became reality after friends and family came up with all they needed to go. Once in Oregon they came into contact with medical marijuana. They have never used any drugs in their lives, and Randy never even used alcohol or tobacco, but he decided to see if it would offer him any relief.
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You can’t believe it until you see it
Randy’s wife, Lisa says there are things in life you will never believe until you see it with your own eyes. They never believed cannabis for neuropathic pain could help but while they were in Oregon they decided that Randy should give it a try.
They visited a dispensary and were educated on different strains of cannabis. No traditional medication had mitigated his symptoms. The medical marijuana took away the neuropathy completely, allowing him to walk again.
Randy says there is no way he could have endured the trip, never mind enjoy the time was it not for medical cannabis. He was more active than he had been in months. Randy could walk around the Columbia River Gorge falls. Lisa says it was amazing to see, and it was wonderful that Randy could do that and go places with his boys. The family agrees it was a gift.
In pursuit of legal medicinal cannabis
Since their return to Maryland, Lisa focused her attention on how she could obtain cannabis for Randy’s pain. He has tried every possible medication doctors had to offer, from morphine for his pain, to a range of anti-nausea medication. To sleep he tried phenobarbital and Zofran. Nothing really brings relief, definitely not as effectively as cannabis.
Lisa started investigating medical cannabis, as she knew it has been legal in Maryland since 2014. She didn’t realize there were no dispensaries or growers in Maryland. She spent two full days trying to figure out how she could get legal cannabis for Randy, which will benefit the whole family. Her three boys, the youngest three years old, are affected by their dad’s suffering and seeing him so sick.
The General Assembly approved medical marijuana in 2013, but due to the LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission, there were delays in implementation, and in 2014 new legislation followed. Further changes followed in 2015, and terminology was changed from medical marijuana to medical cannabis to make a clear distinction between the recreational drug and the medicine.
Not a single plant has been planted since 2013 and until this month, no licensees have been authorized to supply cannabis. Lisa and many others have just one question…. Why is it taking so long?
What is taking so long?
Lisa says she is happy there is some movement, but if it took two years to reach this stage, how long will it take to get a dispensary? It is not even clear if a dispensary will be opened in Carroll County, as the Medical Cannabis Commission has yet to announce who will be given permission to sell medical cannabis.
The board of Commissioners of Caroll County has had many discussions on zoning rules for cannabis business that limits locations on county land as it would apparently violate state law.
R-District 1 Commissioner Stephen Wantz, made no bones about delaying the process as he said he wants to make it as hard as possible for anyone to sell medical cannabis, and will continue to do so until such time as someone can give him directive as to why it shouldn’t be hard. There is a vote planned on the zoning proposals in the near future.
Cannabis is about medicine
Lisa says she can understand the anxiety people feel towards cannabis, and she never though she would be an advocate for access, but people should remember it is about getting effective medicine to patients like her husband.
Her plea is that it is not the drug dealer down the road who is going to be happy; people need to see the bigger picture, that it has an effect on families.
Cannabis for neuropathic pain
Cannabis for neuropathic pain has brought great relief to many people, really improving their quality of life by getting sleep and being able to move around. Speak to your doctor if you are seeking help.