Article by The Associated Press via ABC News
Twin brothers, both devout Mormons, are among a growing legion of Utah residents embracing medical marijuana as a way to treat a host of ailments.
Nathan Frodsham has advanced degenerative disc disease, leaving him with burning pain as nerves in his neck are pinched by bones. The pain made long days working in his job as a data scientist difficult, and he began looking for ways to manage it. While living in Seattle, where medical marijuana is legal, Frodsham received a prescription for cannabis from his doctor.
He sought guidance from his local church leaders, who told him, “That’s something you can take up with you and your own personal relationship with God,” he said.
Once he started using the drug, he felt back to his normal self and cut back on painkillers. “Cannabis helps significantly. Probably better than anything I’ve used before,” he told KSL-TV (http://bit.ly/2f55Jl3).
But he was transferred to Utah, where’s it’s not legal for him to keep using the drug, and he says his health is suffering because of it.
Utah’s law only allows those with severe epilepsy to use cannabis extract oil that doesn’t contain psychoactive properties.