To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Please Support Medical Marijuana Legislation
Date: Mon Feb 15 04:24:40 MST 2016
Dear Representative Lifferth,
In addition to taking these opioids I take between 400 and 800 mgs of ibuprofen per day as well as the neuroinhibitor Gabapentin.
Despite these measures I am in a constant state of pain. It varies in intensity from irritating to downright agonizing. Many nights I have lain awake, tears streaming down my face due to the overwhelming pain I experience throughout my entire body.
I earned a degree from the University of Utah in child and family studies and worked as a Child Protective Services investigator for five years. As of now, I am no longer able to work. Despite my best efforts, my body crashed in March of 2013 and now I spend the majority of my time bedridden. When I am able to go places or do things it is always due to the assistance of opioids.
I have watched the past few years as medical marijuana legislation has made its way through the Utah legislature and have been disappointed by the rejection of it.
I have never partaken in any illegal drugs, including marijuana. At this point in my life, I would very much like to be allowed the freedom to try treating my debilitating illness with marijuana as I have exhausted my other options. From here there is only the INCREASE in opioids to stronger forms or forms such as patches. I do not wish to do this. I would much rather try a course of pain management that is natural and has been shown to be non-addictive. There are oils that are low in THC and high in medicinal properties that I believe could have a great impact on my quality of life which would in turn benefit my wife and children as well.