Six months ago, I needed to go to the emergency room for serious stomach and back pain. I did not know what was happening, even though I knew I was hurting. It took them nearly an hour to take me into a triage room. During that time, I was pacing back-and-forth in the waiting room because the pain was so intense and exhausting, so I couldn’t sit still. I was in the triage room for less than various hours before the nurse told us that I had kidney stones. She asked what I was using for pain and I told her I had medicinal marijuana. She looked at myself and others a bit oddly, and I thought she was going to say something wrong. I was so wrong about the disadvantage comments, because she only said, “Good for you”. She said that if she could legally tell patients, she would tell them that medical marijuana should not be a stigma, but something that people use to help ease their pain and various other concerns of different ailments. I was in so much pain that I did not give a thought to blurting out that I use medical marijuana. Had I given it a thought, I would have said nothing in case she would have thought I was a habitual druggie. Ever since hearing her comment, I realize that using medicinal marijuana should not be something to be ashamed of. Having a medical ID card and using medicinal marijuana products in the regular way should carry no more stigma than the use of prescription or OTC drugs. I just wish more people felt this way about the regular use of marijuana products.