I recently received a ketamine infusion at my doctor’s office for my Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Ketamine is not FDA approved for pain management, but it is commonly used. Since it is not FDA approved, my insurance didn’t cover it and the cost was $500.

The same Doctor also prescribes me Syndros (Marinol), which is synthetic medical cannabis. It is FDA approved but costs more than $3,000 a month.

Because of this, I illegally use medical cannabis in Nebraska. I must buy it from a drug dealer.

A one-month supply costs me between $240 and $300. If I could travel to Colorado, I would pay half that much for recreational cannabis. If I had a medical green card in Colorado, I’d pay a fourth of the price. If I could grow it myself, without fear of legal repercussions, it would be free.

Medical cannabis is a necessity in our country. There should be a natural, plant-based option to the poly-pharmaceutical approach to pain management that includes opioids, benzodiazepines and sedatives.

Many agree with me, yet it is the sick, the disabled, the broken that must speak out about the truth of medical cannabis. Surely, I can’t be the only person out there who thinks it should be just as easy to have access to a plant as it is a horse tranquilizer to treat my chronic illness?

Lia McDowell Post, Springfield

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