Faith Bodle, of Beaumont, Texas, suffers from multiple debilitating medical conditions that cause her great pain and suffering. She is prescribed to several pharmaceutical medications to treat her degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis. She also has a physician’s recommendation for the use of medical marijuana oil to treat these conditions.
Recently, Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church, a congregation of which Faith has been a member for many years, gave her an ultimatum. After seeing her publicly supporting marijuana legalization on a local news segment from KBMT-12, she was forced to choose between remaining a member of the church and continuing medical cannabis oil treatments.
None of the pharmaceuticals ease her suffering as much as the medical marijuana treatments. For this reason Faith likes to share her story with others. She publicly advocates marijuana use as medicine by going to marijuana legalization events, and sharing pro-marijuana posts on her Facebook page.
She attempted to fight the church’s decision by speaking in front of the congregation in an attempt to educate each member on the benefits of marijuana as a medicine. The wise, Mr. Francis Bacon once said, “knowledge is power,” but unfortunately for Faith, that was not the case in this situation.
Six weeks after the ultimatum was given, the church revoked Faith’s membership for refusing to end her use and advocacy of medical marijuana.