I have mixed feelings about medical marijuana in Michigan and I think my story will give you the same confusion I have. I need to give you some preparation for the why in my situation. I had a very bad stroke 3 years ago. The doctors simply could not find the clot as I got worse. I was very afraid.
I thought I might die, then I stabilized. I could not even wiggle a finger or toe on the right side of my body for 3 days. I have always been hyperactive and I could not stand lying in bed. I used my left arm to move myself around and tore my rotator cuff. When it gets inflamed, the pain is like a heavy continual shock of pain.
I had been taking Vicodin I had 90 500MG Tabs for my prescriptions with a 3 month refill option. My shoulder pain had gotten so bad that I went to therapy. The Vicodin simply was not working. My neighbor, who does not use any drug , suggested medical marijuana and told me he knew a caretaker. This sounds easy, but my wife was dead set against marijuana in our house.
My wife finally let me go see a doctor to see if I qualified. I was granted a medical marijuana card, but there was a problem. My caretaker was nowhere to be found. This was the beginning of my medical marijuana nightmare in Michigan. I ended up having to wait ten days before the doctor found me a caretaker and that led to nightmare #2. This caretaker called me on the phone and told me he’d bring an ounce of marijuana to my home the next morning.
I was suffering and could not sleep all night. This man never showed up or had the decency to call and tell my why. It was obvious this caretaker could care less about my health. He gets to grow 12 plants, profit monetarily from this and I am at his mercy whether or not he delivers me product. I called the doctor to complain and later found out this caretaker got angry at me for complaining. He never did deliver me any marijuana. I’ve never met him. I think his actions simply disgraceful.
The doctor got a surrogate caretaker to deliver me marijuana. I asked him if this legal and he assured me it was and told me he had all my paperwork. I felt relieved and the marijuana did help. They way it works is odd because I knew the pain was there, but it was like a minor distraction. However, I absolutely hate the initial high of this drug. It is one of the most uncomfortable feelings I know. It lasts roughly 10 minutes and then abates and becomes a feeling of euphoria that lasts 2~4 hours.
When you smoke marijuana, the first two or three puffs don’t do much, but by the 4th puff the feeling starts growing and soon, bang, it hits like a jackhammer to your brain. Most marijuana users love this “buzz” and will smoke marijuana to regain this buzz, from my observations, quite often. I had no idea how marijuana would affect me. My caretaker had told me it mild, so I smoked about 15 puffs for a joint (half a cigarette) and I’ll never do that again. I was blown away. I could not think logically for almost an hour.
I thought this caretaker visiting my home a braggart, but every heavy marijuana smoker I’ve met has often exhibited this behavior in some manner. He was telling me how great he was in helping people grow and make money from marijuana, but there was a catch. He said it would take about $10,000 to set up a proper marijuana growing operation in my home. I shot this idea down quickly and truthfully told him my wife would never allow this.
I did not realize how disappointed and possibly anger he was about this until he twice put me in situations I feel and had felt rather dangerous. I simply do not understand why he did this. At the time, I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt he was not being malicious, but after I explain both situations to you, I think you might wonder about his intent. Was he too high on marijuana to act logically or did he want me to come to harm?