Medical-marijuana patients star in effort to counter pot stigma


Jess Blake, left, and her parents, Rick and Kathleen Blake, are working together as a family to get medical marijuana treatment for Jess as she battles a brain tumor. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Jess Blake, left, and her parents, Rick and Kathleen Blake, are working together as a family to get medical marijuana treatment for Jess as she battles a brain tumor. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Armed with stories from patients whose lives have turned around after using medical marijuana, the state’s companies that cultivate and sell the medications are hoping to counter the longstanding stigma that still surrounds Minnesota’s newest medicine.

The medical community’s unease has not abated since Minnesota’s program launched nearly six months ago, even though the state has said repeatedly that the drug is a regulated medicine.

That hesitation kept a doctor’s approval out of Jess Blake’s reach for weeks. And it’s a factor in why Sarah Wellington, David Dailey and others can’t take their medication to ease painful muscle spasms while at work.

Source:  Medical-marijuana patients star in effort to counter pot stigma | Twin Cities Pioneer Press

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