Issue of Medical Marijuana Still Burns in Many States

Every two weeks Greg T. of Independence drives downtown to the city’s underbelly to buy an eighth of an ounce of pot.

He’s smoked marijuana for 37 years. He says it’s the only thing that eases the agony of his Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks his intestinal tract.

A devout Christian and former Boy Scout, the 54-year-old father of two loves his country. But for decades, he said, that country has forced him to become a criminal to survive.

Greg, who asked that his last name not be used because he fears prosecution, is one of many patients who support movements in Missouri and Kansas to legalize medical marijuana.

A groundswell has been building nationwide for similar efforts, even as the federal government vigorously prosecutes buyers and state-regulated sellers.

– Read the entire article at The The Kansas City Star.