Back in my twenties, I was told I had macular degeneration of the cornea.
They had no cures for this, and all I could do was wait to go blind.
Shortly after getting this diagnosis, the doctor told me I also had spinal stenosis. My mother was afraid to let the doctors do any type of spinal surgery. I went through a lot of pain before I was old enough to talk to a doctor about my choice. Instead of using western medicine, he wanted me to try a new kind of therapy for my corneas and my spinal stenosis. He gave me marijuana. Back then, medical marijuana was an accepted form of treatment. They still considered marijuana a drug. Most people thought it caused hallucinations and was nothing more than a gateway drug to the use of heroin and other deadly drugs. When the doctor told me about marijuana, I was hesitant, but I wanted to feel better. The doctor told me it was just an experimental trial that he was performing. There was nothing sanctioned by the AMA or by the government. I had to take some time to think about using marijuana as a medical pain killer, but I soon agreed. I was getting to where I couldn’t walk. Within a couple days of smoking marijuana, I found that my back was feeling less tense, and I walked more. My eyes didn’t ache as much, and my vision seemed to be a bit clearer. I didn’t know that medical marijuana was on the horizon. I was one person they experimented on to help pave the way for legal, medical marijuana use and legal, medical marijuana dispensaries.