A choice between health, family

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: March 28 2014 | 10:00 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 10:15 am in

Regarding the March 21 Gazette editorial, “Medical marijuana’s time comes”:

Agreed! After a 1 1/2-year heroin addiction, I left New York City and came back to Iowa. I was on an Iowa methadone maintenance program for more than 10 years. It caused diabetes, diabetic neuropathic gastroparesis (paralyzed stomach) and peripheral neuropathy. Suffering, I left Iowa for Colorado at age 57. Two years after moving from Iowa to Colorado, my Colorado internist, monitoring my health, knowing I am a medical marijuana patient, discontinued Metformin (diabetes), Lisinopril (blood pressure) and Simvastatin for me.

On my own with medical marijuana, in concentrated (oil) form, I cured myself of methadone addiction and have been opiate free for more than two years. Life is sweet in Colorado because of medical marijuana.

Life is sour in Iowa because of Gov. Terry Branstad, who forced me to leave my family and grandchildren and keeps me away. Tell me why politics trumps science in Iowa.

Jeff Elton

Colorado Springs, Colo.

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