TACOMA, Wash. — Jeffrey Craighead has diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
The Army veteran also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.
He says only one medicine seem to work for him: marijuana.
He’s worried he won’t have access to his medicine soon, at least not legally.
”Facial twitches, crossed eyes, using a cane to walk,” said Craighead. “None of that exists for me anymore.”’
Craighead does not smoke traditional marijuana.
From the back porch of his Tacoma apartment he extracts oils from the plant, creating a hash oil concentrate. It gives him the stronger dose he said he needs to control his ailments.
Craighead is afraid he won’t get the same effect from the recreational pot the state is going to license for sale next year.
Lawmakers asked three state agencies to submit a list of recommendations on how to regulate the medical marijuana industry.
The Liquor Control Board, the Department of Health and the Department of Revenue released a list of potential recommendations this week.
On the list: banning home grow operations and eliminating collective gardens, the clinics where most current medical marijuana users are able to select from a number of different strains of marijuana or pot-related items.
Craighead said the state-approved marijuana is only going to be grown for profit and to get people high.
“There is going to be very little or no research into how to better that patient,” said Craighead.
The Liquor Control Board is seeking public input on the list of potential recommendations.