The dawning of a new era became real for me today as I stood in line for 5 hours with other patients waiting to enter the Green Springs Medical Dispensary in Hot Springs, Arkansas to buy legal medical cannabis. Yes, yes, yes! Legal. Medical. Cannabis. The people in line passed the time by sharing stories of hope, dreams and tragedies – drinking water bottles handed out by dispensary employees as the first really warm day of Spring beat down.
Later, arriving home and enjoying the quiet beauty of the sunset on my porch in the Ouachita Mountains, there was no denying the gratitude I felt for the blessings of natural medicine and a state government that, however haltingly, has implemented a program for people to access the benefits of this amazing plant medicine.
Most of all though, for the first time since 2016, when I first received a Medical Marijuana Patient Card in California, I felt a sense of LEGITIMIZATION. An abiding feeling of peace and freedom to heal myself in the manner that feels best to me, the relief from feeling like a criminal or a “bad person” for needing the relief provided only by this medicinal plant.
So, to all of my fellow patients, especially my new friends from the waiting line, ENJOY! The new world is begun and the best is yet to come.
Free 2 Be Sandy!