Ten years ago, when Steph Sherer started using medicinal marijuana as a way to cope with the chronic pain caused by a neck injury, she didn’t know she’d be at the forefront of a movement that would spread throughout the United States to the one million patients who use cannabis to help treat serious illnesses, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS.
“Two days without an anti-inflammatory medicine, my body starts to stiffen up, and after about three days I can’t get out of bed. So, that could be my life; that is one choice,” Sherer said. “Or the second thing is I could take the 2400 mg of ibuprofen each day that are required for me to be able to move, and then my kidneys would begin to shut down again.”
Instead, Sherer, 36, began using medical marijuana to deal with her pain and became an activist on the issue by creating the nonprofit organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which protects patients’ rights to safely and legally access marijuana throughout the U.S.
ASA started in 2002, and since then it has helped create and get legislation passed on the local and state level and is an advocate for patients’ rights in 17 states and Washington, DC where medical marijuana is now legal.
On Thursday ASA held rallies in at least 15 cities across the U.S. at local campaign headquarters for U.S. President Barack Obama, protesting what they call, a nationwide crackdown on medical marijuana facilities.
“There have been more raids under Obama in three-and-a-half years than eight years of Bush,” Sherer said, during the rally in Washington, DC.
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