Man who suffers from PTSD says medical marijuana would help with symptoms
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Medical marijuana was legalized in South Carolina in 1982.
Since then, there's been no way for the state to distribute it because the federal government says it's illegal.
Some lawmakers are making a push to allow some form of the drug to help those suffering with certain health problems.
For one Orangeburg man, he likes seeing progress, but says he needs medical marijuana, too.
Clint Jackson says medical marijuana might be his last hope.
"The suicide, the feeling like I can't escape the prison of my own mind," said Jackson.
Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a year ago, he's tried nearly everything he can think of.
"I've tried 12 different medicines. None of them worked," explained Jackson.
He wants to be able to get marijuana legally, to try and make his life normal again.
"I can't even dream of what it is to be normal. Every night I suffer from nightmares," said Jackson.
Before PTSD he had dreams.
"I wanted to be a Sheriff. All that was taken from me, stolen from me, by this disorder," said Jackson.
Now, he barely remembers that person.
"I don't have a life. I barely leave my house," explained Jackson.
He's reached out to lawmakers, and to people in other states where medical marijuana is legal and used to treat PTSD.
"It's hard to have hope in anything anymore, when so many things and so many people have let you down.Things are starting to move in the right direction concerning medical marijuana. I've noticed that our legislation has taken up the cause and I hope that they do the right thing,' said Jackson.
He says he would move to a place where medical marijuana is legal, but says he can't afford to.
There are many people opposed to legalizing marijuana. Some of those people say legalizing marijuana could cause more problems.
Last week, South Carolina's Senate Medical Affairs Committee approved a bill that would allow children with severe epilepsy to legally use oil derived from marijuana.
The South Carolina Medical Association and State Law Enforcement Division raised concerns about the purity of oils not controlled by the FDA.
The federal government has approved a study of the effects of medical marijuana for PTSD patients.