Ralph Valverde: Seeing the benefits of medical marijuana firsthand

March 12, 2014 

Thank you, Modesto Bee, for the article “Cities, police back pot regulation for first time” (Page A10, March 5).

Welcome to the 21st century.

I am 66 years old now and, at 55, I got into a bad car wreck and hurt my lower back. The doctors wanted to do back surgery. I told the doctors let’s wait, I would like to try something else.

The doctors gave me shots, epidurals, and put me on hydrocodone, Flexoril, Valium, ibuprofen and aspirin. I was a walking zombie – on doctors’ orders. I was driving to therapy, endangering everybody on the road; I was wrong, but doctors’ orders.

I took my pills and sat around doing nothing. My health was getting bad.

After a year, I said the heck with this and got my cannabis card. The next visit to the doctor’s office, I told him no more pills.

All I know now is the doctors were getting money and didn’t care about the side effects of these so-called legal drugs.

After a year on my medicinal marijuana – and no back surgery – doctors gave me an A-plus on my health and said to keep doing what I was doing. I can do all my chores, mow the lawn, walk the dog, ride a bike, go to the lake with my RV and live a good life.

Let’s make marijuana legal for those 21 years and above who want to use it. I know now it is a lot less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. Again, welcome to the 21st century.

RALPH VALVERDE

Oakdale

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