I am fighting for marijuana (cannabis) legalization in England for my chronic pain. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I found the love of my life in England and came over here in 2011 to be with him.
I am the child of a Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange and many of my brothers and sisters (friends who are also children of veterans) suffer very much.
Thanks to my beginning of life being affected by this chemical, I now have a list of medical problems, such as aching, burning, throbbing, gnawing, shooting, and tingling pain. It is migratory and moves all over my body, causing fatigue, sleep problems, muscle stiffness, depression, anxiety, mood swings, migraines and cognitive function problems.
I also suffer from constant nausea and daily headaches. I have trouble remembering what I just said or did. I may be speaking and suddenly I cannot think of the words to continue and forget everything.
I have been working since I was 13 years old and it is very hard to accept that I cannot work anymore. The doctors here have told me that they are ignorant as to how to help me with my predicament. I can’t go anywhere because I am on disability.
I have been trying to get into shape but it is hard when you feel like this. So thanks to the NHS (free medical care), which does nothing for me, I sit every day at home and have no energy. I have trouble eating food because of the nausea and nobody can help us.
My partner obtained some marijuana and guess what? While I could get some, I was mostly pain free. I could eat and sleep, and felt better. Cannabis is a miracle.
I’m writing so people can see what I see — that cannabis is not some horrible thing. That it is a help to those of us in pain. That it is relief from the constant stabbing agony of being trapped in a sick body.
I have written to groups called CLEAR and LEAP. One is a cannabis reform political party in England and the other is law enforcement group opposed to cannabis prohibition.
Why should I be labeled a criminal because I want to have cannabis in my life? My neighbors say they will call the police if they smell cannabis. I am not well enough to survive prison time. I don’t make enough money to handle fines.
So my solution is to keep campaigning for cannabis legalization. I want to be able to grow my own and not have to deal with the government. I am sharing my story with you and hope you can spread the word — not just my story but the thousands of others that are too sick or medicated to write to people they feel can help make a change.
I have written to my Member of Parliament, the Deputy Minister Nick Clegg, Normal Baker another MP, and am writing to the Prime Minister.
My doctor looks at me like I am crazy when I mention cannabis as a solution. This country is full on reefer madness. It needs to stop.
Jacqueline Rainwater lives in Roborough, England.
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