The stigma on marijuana is unfair.

Ever since I have been smoking medical marijuana on a constant basis, I have changed my outlook on marijuana.

I remember being the so-called goody-goody when I was a younger woman.

I was brought up in a undoubtedly strict, religious household, who did not know about dancing or drug use. I know it sounds different but dancing and drug use in the same sentence, but our church made it feel like both things were demons. As I got a little older, I realized that dancing can be a lot of fun, and it does not lead to inequities. Now that I am in my 40s, I’m realizing that using marijuana does not mean that I’m a drug addict. When using cannabis for something other than to just get high, it becomes a part of medicine. I was taking 14 or more pills a day, and multiple of them were for the pain. Once I discovered marijuana and what it could do to ease my pain, I could get rid of some of these painkillers. It was nice to not walk around the beach house as though I was in a fog all the time because of pain pills ‌I was taking. I wasn’t dizzy 90% of the time. Medical marijuana use could take the edge off my pain and give myself and others a lucidity that I hadn’t felt in years. I took off the blinders and I couldn’t know that for so long there was such a harsh stigma on marijuana use. More people need to take off their blinders and realize that marijuana is for a lot more than just getting high.

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