Speakers at the community conversation about medical marijuana, held Tuesday at the Monett City Park Casino, from left, are: Ashley Markum and her son Aiden, Alice Mangan, Dr. Lisa Roark, Sheila Harris and moderator Trish Bertrand. Murray Bishoff/[email protected]
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Stories of personal trauma provided the centerpiece for the community conversation about medical marijuana, held Tuesday at the Monett City Park Casino.
The event was organized by New Approach Missouri, one of several political action organizations circulating different petitions to place a vote about medical marijuana on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The presenters spoke about their personal experiences that led them to advocate decriminalization of Cannabis for medical use.
Moderator Trish Bertrand described how her husband suffered a back injury and faced liver failure as a complication from prescription opioids. Wheelchair-bound and facing constant twitching, he turned to Cannabis and was subsequently arrested and convicted for growing his own.
“Laws against plants are doing more harm than good,” Bertrand said.
Ashley Markum described how her son, Aiden, developed a rare form of cerebral palsy at age 18 months that resulted in up to 100 seizures a day. Medicines were not helping. A six-week round of steroids cost $123,000 and compromised his immune system without helping significantly. Other medicines had major side effects.