Have you ever been in so much pain that you couldn’t fall asleep? That’s what Joel White’s life was like every day for twenty years.
Joel was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 22 years ago. His doctors gave him a variety of medications with risky side-effects to help him cope, but a few years ago the medications stopped working and the intolerable pain returned.
Exhausted, frustrated and unable to find relief, Joel finally decided to try marijuana. It worked. It eased the pain, and he could finally get some sleep.
But now, the federal government is threatening to take away the medicine that Joel and others like him need.
Two years ago, the Obama administration promised not to waste federal resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws. But in recent months they’ve broken that promise, raiding licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and sending threatening letters to state officials.
This isn’t just a war on drugs — it’s a war on people. It’s a war on patients like Joel, and on families forced to watch their loved ones suffer because the federal government won’t let them use the medicine that works for them.
This is a blatantly political act of intimidation designed to stop the growing legitimacy of medical marijuana — even if it means depriving people with cancer, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating conditions of the relief they need.
Drug Policy Alliance