If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I’ve been in chronic pain for many years and have been forced to use morphine therapy along with my cannabis to relieve the pain I experience.
Recently, a new pain management doctor came to my area, Northern California (Mendocino Coast), and dictated he would not give any opiates to any Medical Marijuana user. Upon inquiring, I was told he feared having his “career ended by the DEA”.
Two articles among many prove he is incorrect, but he has so far refused to hear anything from me about it.
Take for example this article which explains the language of the new order by congress to the Dept Of Justice.
Here’s an except:
The federal ban on medical marijuana is finally a thing of the past. Slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill that was purported to prevent the government from shutting down, is an interesting earmarked section that finally lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana.
The relevant excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as follows:
“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”
Cassandra Fairbanks, of the Bipartisan Report, notes that “The measure allows states to implement their own policies regarding medical marijuana, meaning the Department of Justice is now barred from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.”
So, recently I’ve told my primary care physician that I will NOT be able to quit my cannabis therapy, and if they want to wean me off opiates completely, fine. I told him I had lowered my dose of morphine to 1/2 of my original dose within a 2.5 week period.
I was given enough morphine to take 120mg/day for the next month.
It’s going to be a month-to-month thing for a while, getting approved on an emergency basis.
It’s been rough, very difficult to lower my morphine dose, and I couldn’t have done it without cannabis.
Thanks to ALL OF YOU who have supported me through this trying time.
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