Mother of 2 Says Medical Marijuana Is Saving Her Life

Mother of 2 Says Medical Marijuana Is Saving Her Life

Vanessa Kyrobie is a wife and mother of two children, one boy and one girl, living in Utah. She reports that using medical cannabis has changed her life drastically, and that without it, she may not be here today.

Suffering from a bacterial brain infection, Vanessa’s symptoms include nerve pain, intense body aches, nausea, headaches, insomnia, and more. She is prescribed to take nine different pharmaceuticals every single day to treat her debilitating symptoms, and those pills come with adverse side effects.

The infection left her “essentially bed-ridden,” for a period of time, and her symptoms were so devitalizing that she contemplated suicide. “The nausea was pretty intense, and the pain in my body was beyond unbearable, level eight, nine, 10,” Vanessa said. “I honestly feel if it wasn’t for medical marijuana, I wouldn’t be here.”

“Gabapentin was for nerve pain, Microzene was my anti-nausea,” Vanessa explained. “I haven’t used any of these since switching to medical marijuana.”

Medical Marijuana in Utah

Preferring to vaporize and eat gummies containing a five to one ratio of CBD to THC, now that it is legal in Utah, Vanessa uses medical cannabis three times per day.

Refusing to break the law, Vanessa waited until December 3, 2018, the day the Utah Medical Cannabis Act went into effect, to begin using medical marijuana. Her quality of life has increased dramatically in the short time since implementing this alternative treatment plan that was recommended by her doctor.

“I’m actually having more energy, and I’m sleeping better,” Vanessa said. The pain is now down to level three and four. It’s been life changing for me.”

Medical marijuana will not be available to patients in the Beehive State until 2021 when the “pharmacies,” which will distribute the medication, are expected to open. In the meantime, if a patient is caught bringing medical cannabis into Utah from a neighboring state like Nevada or Colorado, he or she will not be prosecuted as long as it has been recommended as treatment by a physician.

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Photos courtesy of KUTV

Utah District Attorney Joins Push to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Utah District Attorney Joins Push to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Dozens of people, including Utah District Attorney Sam Gill, took to the rotunda of the Utah state capitol to express support for medical marijuana reform legislation currently under consideration by the state government.

“I think the legislature in the 21st century can certainly come up with a pathway to prescription and access to medical marijuana, and we need to recognize our antiquated drug policies as a blanket policy is a failed policy,”

said Gill in an interview. “It does not capture the complexity of individuals who are in our community with medical needs.”

Both of the two bills under consideration by the state legislature would allow certain cannabis-derived products to be distributed in-state through the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Department of Health. The bills differ, however, differ on which products distributors would be permitted to sell.

Gill was flanked by advocates who extolled the practical virtues of medical cannabis, with many offering personal stories as to how their lives were, or may have been, improved through the use of medical cannabis.

“They are the faces and souls and hearts which we are criminalizing as a result of failed drug policy,”

he said.

“I will prosecute whoever you want me to prosecute, and I will put in jail whoever you want…But we all have to play a role when it comes to public policy, and I can tell you, from where I stand, these are not the faces of criminals and these are not the people I want to be prosecuting.”

Gill intimated that he could offer leniency in prosecuting an individual for marijuana possession if that person offered proof that the product was being used for treatment.

“We may offer a plea in abeyance,” he said. “We may say you won’t end up with a conviction and go through the processes that are available to you.”

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