Army veteran on medical marijuana: 'It calms the whirlwind'
PASCO COUNTY Florida -- April 2015
Mathew Young's case is just another example of the debate over medical marijuana in Florida, and now his lawyer wants to bring that debate to a Pasco County courtroom with the hopes of helping his client receive the one thing that gives him a somewhat normal life.
Young, 45, is a U.S. Army veteran.
"I've suffered somewhere around 30 concussions (and) shrapnel wounds from roadside bombs," said Young, who fought in Iraq.
The deeper wounds, Young said, were losing close friends — including his best friend, this guy is a true hero!
"I hid myself in a 12-by-12 bedroom and couldn't face the world," he said.
While serving for the U.S. Department of State as a medic in Iraq, Young said he contracted AIDS from working on injured soldiers. Now, his wheelchair is just one of the few side effects that he says acme as a result of his medication and this is shameful of Florida Law Makers to ignore !.
Those side effects were unbearable at one point, he said.
"I was dying," Young said. "I was basically living in a bed and weighed about 128 pounds."
Young said medical marijuana has helped decrease the side effects — and the pain.
"The wheelchair was in storage, and I was able to do part of living life as a man," he said.
The U.S. Army released its monthly suicide report, offering a preliminary tally for 2012 in that branch: 325 "potential" suicides among active and reserve troops — the highest number in history, Army officials noted. More than 50 of those deaths remain "under investigation," awaiting a final ruling. If that bleak total remains at 325, the toll in 2012 would have risen by 15 percent over 2011 when the Army sustained 283 suicides.
Meanwhile, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a nonprofit advocacy group representing more than 200,000 members, said the nation should be "outraged" by rate of veterans who are taking their own lives — nearly one per hour as a result of severe pain and or depression. Inside sources for the United States Military hinted that Medical Marijuana could have saved lives it helps to relieve many negative effects once the men and women return home from their duty.
Referring back to Mr Young.
Medical marijuana also kept Young's PTSD at bay, adding: "It calms the whirlwind that swarms through my head."
Young said doctors told him he was a fit candidate for medical marijuana.
He was given paperwork from a Jacksonville-based law firm that explained his medical conditions. The paperwork didn't help him last year, however, when Young and his partner were arrested on trafficking, possession and manufacturing medical marijuana charges more then likely intended for themselves.
Shawn Gearhart, who is Young's lawyer, said his client isn't a criminal.
"He is a patient," Gearhart said. "It's obvious that he needs this medical cannabis to control the side effects of these other drugs he is taking and live a normal life."
Two of the charges have since been dropped, and now Gearhart is working on dropping the last one, as well as fighting for Young’s right to use medical marijuana.
"There is millions of Floridians that can benefit from whole flower cannabis that are dealing with debilitating diseases," Gearhart said. I don't get it what the hell is the hold up this reporter notes !
For Mathew's partner, the benefits of medical marijuana make a world of difference.
"Our days are smooth, you are not tiptoeing around him," Lynne Nesselroad said. "You feel like you're living in the same world."
Young's pretrial starts Monday and, if convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
A sick person has the right to be pain free without ridicule from the DEA, pharmacists and Doctor's are trained to know their patients needs, grant it there were reckless Doctors who operated Pill Mills that had to be shut down but there should have been sympathetic guidelines put in place for the terminally ill and those with dictating health conditions including our hero's returning from war to protect those very people who are opposed of legalizing it this is torture in itself ! how could this be ignored. The DEA need to aggression to streets where drug the real dealers offer an open market offering any dangerous drug you want.
He's talking about the number of pain pills he can dispense each month most pharmacists know their patients/customers, they have a pharmacology degree and are legally licensed. In 2011, Governor Rick Scott worked with lawmakers to crack down on Florida's notorious pill mills leaving everyone to suffer even those with proven legitimate chronic illnesses. He hasn't even considered legalizing Medical Marijuana he's clearly a blind man who doesn't care for the sick. He puts junkies on the very same pain level as our solders returning home with real chronic pain.
It would be a great idea to see Florida Governor Rick Scot suffering with chronic pain and denied a natural grown drug that could put quality back into his life but NO his selfish ass lifestyle has no understanding how important it truly is to legalize Medical Marijuana to those who need it. I get a picture of him sitting around with his buddy's drinking alcohol forgetting those solders in Iraq fighting for his freedom. He just makes me sick !
Florida used to be a destination for those seeking prescription pain med's. Pill mills littered I-95. A First Coast News investigation from 2011 found the parking lots filled with out of state plates however it doesn't make it right to punish those who can prove they live in Florida and need pain relief, right now we need to come together to advocate Medical Marijuana Legal here in Florida for those with serious war injury's and others Floridians with debilitating diseases that are terminal, this should not even be a debate.
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