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Marijuana helps those with chronic pan

2014-04-27T00:00:00Z 2014-04-28T14:48:08Z Marijuana helps those with chronic pan The Billings Gazette
April 27, 2014 12:00 am

In response to Steve Zabawa's effort to make any possession of marijuana illegal, I suggest that he try living with the chronic pain that many users have to deal with.

True, when the law was first enacted, people abused it, but that will happen with almost everything due to the current society we live in. As a former card carrier, I dare those who have never suffered from chronic pain to try tying off a part of their body to the point that it hurts, then try living with that pain 24/7/365. That might give people an idea of what it's like to live with chronic pain.

The medical marijuana made it possible for me to not have to constantly take the mega doses of morphine that one doctor had prescribed for me and kept me from also getting sick to my stomach because of the drugs. If this treatment is taken away from people, they are being condemned to a life of misery and possible misuse of the prescription drugs that doctors provide because they don't know how to treat people with chronic pain correctly.

I'm fortunate that I found a good pain doctor who helped me get clear of the drugs and got me set up with a spinal cord stimulator system that takes care of my pain. I now can lead a real life where I don't have to try and think about something other than pain.

This initiative should be kept as just one person’s opinion like it should be and not a condemnation of those who use it due to chronic pain.

Pierre Berger

Billings

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