I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself and try to convince you that cannabis is not a dangerous drug. My name is Nicola Dickens and I started working when I was 15 years old I’ve owned a couple of businesses, I have 2 adult sons, I went to college, and I have cancer, well honestly I’ve had cancer 4 times, I use cannabis and I’m not a criminal.
A couple of years ago I woke up from my opioid haze and realized I was addicted to painkillers and decided I couldn’t sleepwalk my way through life any longer, however, I needed pain coverage. I started doing some research and stumbled across Cannabis, the more I read about the medical benefits the more excited I became. I wasn’t excited by the “high” or THC effects so much, but the healing effects it has. The more I thought about it I started to wonder if I would be able to wean myself off the 30 pills a day I took just to get comfortable. I went to my doctor and did all the state licensing and within a month received my card, and immediately started cannabis and CBD that I had researched within a month I started weening myself off of drug after drug, with my doctor’s approval.
As a brief history I have bladder cancer, Interstitial cystitis, ulcerative colitis, eating disorder, uncontrollable vomiting, I have a very weak immune system, I have sever PTSD from childhood trauma, depression from chronic illness, ulcers, mild scoliosis, constant bladder infections, regular kidney infections, I was in and out of the hospital 7 to 8 times a year (so no employer wants to hire you plus you saw cancer and they feel bad for you but they can’t depend on you so you lose your job, and my teeth are destroyed from the years of cancer treatment the list goes on but I think you get the picture.
One of these conditions by itself is bad, add 1 or 2 more and you’re living in misery, now add the list up and your quality of life diminishes, now add all of the prescription drugs into this and you’re a miserable zombie that can’t remember or couldn’t participate in building family memories When you have more memories of being in the hospital than you do of your kids birthday parties.
When I started cannabis 2 years ago I was homebound 90 percent of the time, I took up to 15 pain pills a day, and I couldn’t clean my house without being out of breath and in so much pain suicide was looking good. A couple of months would go by and I realized I was forgetting to take opioids and I realized that with the help of cannabis I could have a better quality of life.
Today I eat 2 grams of Rick Simpson Oil (made from cannabis) in the morning and evening this allows me moderate pain coverage throughout the day and night, it allows me to eat about 600 to 1000 calorie a day and keep most of it down, it allows my muscles to relax (I have to self-catheterize every time I have to urinate which is highly painful), it allows my brain an occasional vacation from the memories that haunt me and allows for me to think beyond the pain, it allows me the energy and strength to keep fighting these horrible diseases, but mostly life without this plant I wouldn’t be alive today and it’s not just me. In 2015 alone according to HHS.gov, 12.5 million people misused prescription drugs, 33,091 people died from opioid overdose not to mention alcohol people that have an opioid addiction are 85 percent more likely to combine alcohol and opioids leading to a high number of accidental overdoses.
Cannabis has been around for hundreds of years and to this day hasn’t had one fatality, I understand a fear of what could happen, however it has been successfully demonstrated by 29 states that cannabis can be regulated, it can be used responsibly (for the most part you’re always going to have bad apples), it can improve people’s quality of life, not to mention it’s a cash crop that brings in billions of dollars every year, helps the community, supplies employment opportunities, help with prison overcrowding and keeping more families together, and good for our environment.
I don’t understand how a plant that can be so beneficial is so scary to you? I do apologize for your bad cannabis experience whatever that may be, but I ask on behalf of myself and everyone like myself please allow cannabis patients the right to choose their journeys, and allow the states’ rights to govern this industry I truly believe in the long run we will all benefit from this change.
Thank you for your time and have a beautiful day
A cancer patient
STAY FREE, FLY HIGH, AND AS ALWAYS FUCK CANCER!