People experiencing chronic pain and rare diseases gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday asking lawmakers to pass legislation in the upcoming session that would allow them to use marijuana.
Patients with the Drug Policy Project of Utah, or DPP, say they want safe, reasonable access to the whole cannabis plant. Jessica Gleim suffers from a rare and extremely painful condition called trigeminal neuralgia. She says she is prescribed a cocktail of medications from her doctor to help deal with her pain.
“And unfortunately, the side effects of these meds are severe and debilitating,” she says. “I have never, ever figured out what’s worse: my pain or the side effects of these pharmaceuticals.”