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Grenada, A Crane Hook, Morphine, And Marijuana: A Story Of Medicianl Survival!


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Ken Unger was serving in Grenada with the U.S. Navy when he was hit in the head with a 50 ton crane hook in 1983. Ken now suffers daily with two herniated disks, weakness and muscle spasms, plus pain and numbness in the legs. Ken also suffers from diabetes, depression, and has an artery bypass in one of his legs plus a total of six coronary stints holding the arteries open in his heart. He was deemed 100% disabled by the St. Louis, MO Veterans Association.

For pain management, Ken was prescribed morphine, which he believes was responsible for three; count them, three heart attacks. Morphine also made Ken unable to take care of normal everyday activities, and Ken was (and is still) afraid to take morphine and become an addict for the rest of his life. To his relief, he found an alternative in marijuana. Marijuana has been able to alleviate Ken's pain that was caused by the military service related injury, plus marijuana helps with Ken's depression. More importantly, Ken is able to function with marijuana, whereas with morphine he was not.

Ken has a wonderful wife and a bright young son, and to be able to take care of his son properly as well as enjoy life with his family, Ken made the risky choice to use medical marijuana. This is risky because, in the State of Missouri, marijuana is illegal. There are no compassionate use laws that allow medical marijuana to be used by Missouri's ill and injured, even when doctors know it would be the best medical choice for their patients. To be able to afford his medication, and to be able to know that the medication was pure, Ken began to grow marijuana for his own medical consumption. However, law enforcement agents raided his home, and arrested this freedom fighter for his choice to use a medication that provides him with a quality of health that no prescription or over-the-counter pill could provide to him.

So now, after Ken has worked to defend the freedom of every American, Ken fights for his own freedom in the courtroom. If convicted of his felony charge, Ken faces 5 to 15 years in prison. It just seems that something is not quite right about this. Ken was injured while working toward a freer America, and when he found the right medication to treat his injury, we are spending our tax dollars to lock him up for that and strip him of his freedom? Does that seem right to you?

NewsHawk: MedicalNeed: 420 MAGAZINE
Author: Erica Warren
Source: sensiblemissouri.org
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