Medical Marijuana Heats Up at Capitol
A head-on collision nearly killed Gary Davey 16 years ago. But, after several surgeries and months of therapy, he went back to his job. But, he said he couldn't work because the drugs he took to dull his constant pain.
"All I've ever known my whole life is to work," said Davey, who now uses marijuana to ease his pain. "And one of the things that got me through my time in the hospital was knowing that I was going to go back to work."
And, thanks to medical marijuana, he said, "I was basically able to return back to doing everything that normal people do on a day-to-day basis."
So, Davey and others came to the Capitol to support a bill that would protect patients who use medical marijuana.
But, Missouri's Drug Enforcement Agency said the bill can't legalize medical marijuana.
"The DEA makes marijuana a schedule-one controlled substance," said Michael Boeger of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. "And the FDA and the DEA have ruled there's no medical value."
A Columbia doctor disagreed.
"It is well known that it is effective against the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy," said Dr. John Mruzik. "That's been long and well-established, as well as the wasting syndromes associated with HIV."
Davey hopes the legislature listens, and passes a law to ease his mind as well as his pain.
"I want to be protected under the law," he explained, "and to be allowed to use medical marijuana to control my pain."
Eleven states already allow use of medical marijuana.