I’ll be the first to admit, I personally talk about medical marijuana way too much. It’s true… I never shut up! Part of this is because social media (I’m looking at you, Facebook) makes it impossible to spread the good word about medical marijuana, unlike any other business. It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day understandable due to federal laws. So I rely on word-of-mouth, or in the digital world, I guess word-of-fingers. I’ve heard plenty of different responses, some “thank yous” and “no thanks.” Lots of ignoring, and I’ve got absolutely no problem with that; I’ve also gotten someone who informed me that they are reporting and blocking me, which itself didn’t bother me too much. It’s not for everyone, I get that. But then, that person uttered the next line: “Real Professionals don’t use marijuana.”
Well, I damn near bit my tongue/fingers off holding back on that. I have to be professional. At the same time, I can’t let this go unanswered, because this is still a major problem we face; the stigma. You may remember the stigma from the last blog (the one with a green herring!) This individual did not go as far to say that medical marijuana will make you “an insane murderous rapist,” but they’re still out of line.
We, as patients, should not have to hide the fact that we’re using medical marijuana. This even goes as far as the state law! If I’m feeling an aura, or a pre-seizure feeling, then I’m going to take my medical marijuana PRN ASAP. I don’t give a damn if I’m at home, out in public, or in a private building where the owner “doesn’t believe” in medical marijuana, despite the last two technically being illegal. Call me selfish, but I’d rather not have another seizure. Honestly, I’d rather get arrested than have more seizures. I’m not saying every patient wants to medicate in public with any medication, let alone medical marijuana, but if they NEED to they should have the RIGHT to do so – legally and without the stigma.
Society begs to differ. Sorry cancer patients… Using medical marijuana, you may kick cancer’s ass, but in the eyes of the some you are viewed as “not a real professional.” Same goes to you, troops, who we say we “support;” if you’re on medical marijuana you’re “not a real professional.” Children who have epilepsy and hundreds of seizures a day without medical marijuana, you may get to grow up, but you’ll never get to be a “real professional.”
We need to stand up for those who currently HAVE TO, as opposed to want to, hide their medication and suffer more so because of it.
I’m done hiding.