Today’s illegal patient profile subject is John W, a writer and cannabis user who lives in the northeast portion of The United States.
The Marijuana Times: What were you told about cannabis growing up?
John W: That it was a gateway drug but also, ironically, that it was in the same league with cocaine and heroin. Makes you think, if it’s that bad, what’s all this talk of it leading to worse things?
MT: What ailments do you use cannabis to treat?
JW: It calms my anxiety. I’ve got a busy mind; smoking helps me block out the noise. It relaxes me and helps me sleep.
Also, boredom. I’m a recreational smoker. I enjoy it far more than alcohol.
MT: What do you have to go through to obtain the cannabis you use?
JW: Illegal black market dealings. The kind of situations that put my entire professional career at risk. I have a few go-to sources I trust, but there is always a risk.
MT: What is your preferred method of cannabis ingestion and why?
JW: Smoking. Vaping is fine, but it just doesn’t give me the satisfaction of smoking. Maybe it because I am a reformed cigarette smoker and the marijuana helped me to quit.
MT: What strains, if any, work best for your ailments?
JW: Black market is often whatever you can find. Kushes tend to be a favorite, but it’s because of the flavor more so than the effects. Indicas generally seem to relax me more.
MT: What are you able to do that you wouldn’t be able to do without cannabis?
JW: Focus on my work. Manage my stress.
MT: Have you have any encounters with law enforcement over your cannabis use?
JW: Yes. Several times as a young man, unfortunately. One charge is still on my record, I was caught with flakes of weed in a stash jar.
MT: Are you involved in any sort of activism in your area or state?
JW: No. My profession requires me to keep my habit a secret.
MT: Have you ever thought about moving to another state to gain better access to medical cannabis?
JW: Yes, but I’m not sure if I would qualify or if the states where I would are places I would want to live.
MT: How important is it to you that legalization comes to your state?
JW: Very. It’s time to stop making criminals of peaceful individuals.
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