This article dispels the myth that people probably go straight to older people and cancer patients when they think of the typical medical marijuana user. The 20th state adds a lot of weight behind the medical movement. Now legal in Illinois, anyone with glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), dystonia or Crohn’s disease are allowed medical marijuana from some 60 state-licensed dispensaries and 22 cannabis cultivation centers. Patients who suffer from some 40 different problems are allowed 5 ounces of cannabis a month.
I’ve had Crohn’s disease for seven years. It’s a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. To skip the TMI details, let’s just say I spend quite a bit of time in the bathroom and have a much higher risk for colon cancer.
The alternative that medical marijuana gives us is more than just a high—it’s a chance to live a (somewhat) normal life. My fellow Crohn’s sufferers who are actively trying to get better have already tried multiple variations of medicine, sometimes even surgery and radiation.