To many, all the different choices of medicinal marijuana just look like an easy way for the not-so-sick to legally get high for fun.
That’s far from the truth, says cancer survivor Richard Roberts.
“If it wasn’t for the herb, I would have never made it,” said Roberts.
Battling liver cancer and then recurring tumors since 2000, the software engineer wishes he could take his prescribed OxyContin and still function but he says it’s not possible.
“It’s just not conducive to do software on narcotics. Herbal gives me the ability to manage the pain,” said Roberts.
He already drives into Sacramento’s CannaCare pot dispensary all the way from Nevada County because of a patchwork of bans on these facilities.
He and others fear the reinforcement cities now have with a ruling from the State Supreme Court backing the bans will mean even more people will suffer without their medicine.
“We are crushed. It was a blow. I have to tell you I would have much rather seen it go the other way,” Lanette Davies with CannaCare.
Crushed yes, but defeated? No.
In Lanette Davies’ reading of Monday’s ruling – there is hope.
“At this point it needs to come from the legislation. They’re looking for direction from the legislation on how to operate dispensaries and collectives, said Davies.
With SB 473 and SB439 in the pipeline to better regulate dispensaries and give them special recognition in the law, she feels the spirit of Prop 215 will stay alive.
“How do you have safe and affordable access when you’re not allowed to operate within a certain city,” she said.