In Michigan, Senior Cancer Patients Fight the Stigma and Find Medical Cannabis

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In Michigan, Senior Cancer Patients Fight the Stigma and Find Medical CannabisElizabeth Ouding at her home in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. More than a decade later, cancer and severe pain patients should have easy access to medical cannabis products—but that’s not the case. 'Dogs have easier access to medical cannabis than cancer patients.'Adam, Michigan dispensary owner In fact, those with the greatest medical needs face the biggest obstacles to obtaining high-quality medical cannabis products—and accurate information about how to use them. “Dogs have better options [for medical marijuana] than cancer patients right now,” observes one dispensary owner. Senior cancer patients, says Adam, “are apprehensive because they’ve had no chance for education about cannabis. They’re starting like they’re two years old.” Still, despite the difficulties, many pain and cancer patients older than 55 are seeking cannabis. She managed to get a recommendation for medical marijuana, and went to her nearby dispensary in tears. “I’m telling him no narco.

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In Michigan, Senior Cancer Patients Fight the Stigma and Find Medical Cannabis

Elizabeth Ouding at her home in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Ouding, who uses marijuana to treat pain from a back surgery and other ailments, will soon be starting a job at a local dispensary and hopes to educate customers about marijuana products to treat chronic pain. (Brittany Greeson for Leafly)

Cancer and severe pain led Michigan’s list of qualifying conditions when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2008. More than a decade later, cancer and severe pain patients should have easy access to medical cannabis products—but that’s not the case.

'Dogs have easier access to medical cannabis than cancer patients.'Adam, Michigan dispensary owner

In fact, those with the greatest medical needs face the biggest obstacles to obtaining high-quality medical cannabis products—and accurate information about how to use them.

“Dogs have better options [for medical...

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