A 35-year-old wife and mom says she doesn’t need permission to fight her condition, as it didn’t ask her permission to make her go blind or suffer epilepsy.
Watchdog.org reports on Katie Donahue suffering from a rare condition known as Parry-Romberg, described as the slow deterioration of the skin and tissue of the left side of the patient’s face (hemifacial atrophy). More women than men contract it, and occasionally it targets the right side of the face. Katie believes in CBD oil’s capabilities to reduce her pain.
Katie first saw signs of the disease when she was 8 years old, but was only diagnosed correctly by age 18. She suffers excruciating pain. She has had nine reconstructive surgeries and has been on at least 20 different medications to deal with the effects of this devastating disease and its symptoms.
It is only after Donahue’s pain specialist suggested medical marijuana to her that she understood the lessening of the effects of the disease in her younger years, when she was using cannabis recreationally.
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In Idaho, even CBD is illegal
Idaho law prohibits even cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of cannabis mostly derived from hemp. It is still considered as being marijuana according to Idaho law. Katie goes against the law of the state by using it for her pain and has no scruples about it.
Idaho has become an island for prohibition as all neighboring states have legalized recreational or medical use of marijuana. Even ultra conservative Utah accepts that CBD oil is capable of reducing chronic pain and treating other conditions, and allows it.
She has prayed for death
Although Katie suffers tremendously, and says she sometimes wishes she could just die, she doesn’t take it lying down. She is fighting with all she has for Idaho to legalize, or at least decriminalize, medical marijuana.
Otter veto CBD oil capabilities as not backed by science
Donahue says she can’t wait for permission from Gov. Butch Otter and legislation to change. It is time that Idaho recognizes the medicinal value of marijuana. She openly flaunts her rebellion against the laws to fight her condition as it is fighting her openly, she says. She also says she has learned freedom is never negotiated; nowhere in history will you find that.
In 2015, Idaho came very close to having CBD at least decriminalized after both chambers cleared a bill, but it got vetoed by Otter who said the benefits of CBD are not clear or backed by science.
May CBD oil’s capabilities be recognized this time around
In a few weeks, legislators will open the 2017 session. Although big issues like tax cuts and educational spend will take priority in lawmaker’s minds, Katie is hopeful that CBD oil’s capabilities will be recognized and that there will be another chance for it to be decriminalized if not legalized. This will be a relief to her and many other people who suffer pain unnecessarily.