Cody Barlow’s fight to bring medical marijuana to Oklahoma is personal.
When you think of legal cannabis, chances are that Oklahoma is not the first state that comes to mind. However, just recently, Oklahoma citizens pulled together enough signatures on an initiative petition to get medical marijuana on the ballot this coming June. This come as great news to people like Cody Barlow, who desperately need safe access to medical cannabis.
Barlow is a U.S. Navy Veteran from Oklahoma that is advocating for medical cannabis legalization. He currently takes 9,000 prescription pills per year from the Department of Veteran Affairs. But, Barlow says that cannabis is the only medicine that has truly helped him with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain that he suffers from due to his time serving our country in the military. You can learn more about Barlow’s story from a recent Facebook post from Legalize It, Don’t Criticize It.
Barlow explains, “Safe access to medical cannabis is very important, and it is necessary to ensure that production, regulation and sales are done in a professional and healthy manner. It helps to cut down on funding of criminal operations and organizations. Legalization also ensures that people do not inadvertently ingest other potentially dangerous and deadly substances that illegal dealers may lace the cannabis with, and would help give back to the community with the tax money from the regulated sale of cannabis.”
Barlow says that even though he supports veterans, he is not focusing his advocacy toward any specific demographic and agrees that everyone deserves access to a safe alternative medicine.
“Cannabis is much safer than the pharmaceutical drugs that I am prescribed,” Barlow told us. “The pharmaceutical drugs that I take come with many side effects including migraines, nausea, insomnia, fits of rage, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, blood in the stool, pain in the abdominal region, severe dehydration, memory loss, impairs cognitive functioning, causes severe numbness to the world and dissociation, can increase symptoms of depression and suicidal ideations and more.”
Source: The Weed Blog