Even though I’ve given up on this state’s medical cannabis program, that doesn’t mean I don’t watch the soap opera from afar.
The video attached is a radio program that has snippets from the recent public hearing at the Department of Health. It’s worth watching, if only for the speech by Cisco McSorley, one of my heroes. Honorable mentions go to Drs. Bill Johnson and Laura Brown, and Dana Rice from Sandia Botanicals — gracias. And a big thanks to all of the patients who were able to attend and had the courage to speak.
Thanks go to Larry Love too, of course — even though I don’t always agree with him, he seems like a pretty good dude.
What to do about a medical cannabis program that appears unfixable? It doesn’t really matter what I think… but that won’t stop me from offering an opinion 🙂
I don’t think there’s enough information about the overall program to propose any solutions at this point. In fact, the history of the program shows that the DOH has always made changes using flimsy and anecdotal evidence to support them, and without an actual understanding of how the program works or what the effects of any changes might be.
In other words, it’s a crap shoot. How do you think anyone taking prescription medications would feel if having access and obtaining their medicine was a crap shoot? (And how would they feel if their medications weren’t covered by insurance, and they had to start paying taxes on them?)
And while I appreciate all the patients who spoke at the hearing and support this program, I’m sorry, but I’m not a gambler. The history of this 5-year-old program does not instill confidence, and neither does the current political climate. I’m sure all of the producers are trying their best, but in five years, this program has just gone from bad to worse. Or maybe the better description would be stagnant.
I really appreciate those who spoke about the cost of renewal and how ridiculous, redundant, and expensive this process is; but even if there were no annual renewal costs at all, I still couldn’t afford the prices being charged by the dispensaries in New Mexico. And if I can’t afford them, there must be a lot of other people who can’t either.
Even if I were able to renew at this point, there’s still the hurdle of passing Dr. Rosenberg’s inspection — and the question of having medical records that are no more than 5 years old.
But most importantly, I can’t afford to buy medicine that’s not strong enough to treat my medical condition — which I did about 80% of the time during the year I was enrolled in the program. Unfortunately, I don’t think testing or a product label is going to make a difference in the quality and strength of the strains which are currently available.
I guess it will be New MexiCann and Americans for Safe Access that decide how each product will be advertised — I mean, labeled. Or will there even be a standard?
And what the heck happened to Jeremy Applen at Page Analytical? Dude, I’m so sorry…
(More on testing: http://forum.nmcannabisreview.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=151)
There’s no doubt that this program works for some patients — I guess I just wasn’t one of the lucky ones. And although I feel a little guilty for not continuing to fight, I can’t escape this one fact: Chronic pain waits for no one. (And from what I’m learning about addiction, I think the same rule may apply.)
I’ve been fighting for my medicine, for treatment, for pain management, for a quarter of a century. I’m really not physically or mentally capable of continuing to bang my head against a brick wall. I’ve analyzed the situation to the best of my ability, and I believe I’ve made the right decision. After all, one must have hope, and although I keep looking for hope in this program, I can’t find any…
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t watch for change from afar…