Former Super Bowl QB endorses medicinal marijuana

Summary and opinion by Ronald Pires.

Jim McMahon a former Super Bowl winning QB for the Chicago Bears has been feeling the affects of his hard hitting career. McMahon’s 15 year playing career was marred with injuries including multiple concussions & surgeries. As a result he has accumulated a laundry list of conditions which include: chronic pain due to a broken neck, loss of memory, speech impediments, arthritis, depression, TBI (Trauma Brain Injuries) and an early onset of dementia. At one point he was taking up to 100 Percocet pills a month for his conditions.

McMahon now uses medical marijuana throughout the day to manage his pain. He feels that marijuana allows him to reduce his discomfort far better than any doctor-prescribed medication ever did. "I know medicinal marijuana has been a Godsend for me. With my chronic pain, all my surgeries I've had. The arthritis. It's getting me through the day. I would hope the governor of Illinois would get on board with this. It's helped so many people: epileptics, cancer patients... it helps me everyday. I feel a heck of a lot better than when I had to take all those pain pills."

He moved from Illinois and now lives in Arizona where he was able to obtained his Medical Marijuana card. Medical marijuana was approved in Arizona November 2010, after voters passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). The citizen initiative, the Proposition 203, required the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to create a medical marijuana program. Arizona is one of 24 states in the union that regulates a Medical Marijuana Program. “Debilitating medical conditions for use of medical marijuana in Arizona are the following: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition (or the treatment of such a condition) that causes cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis), or a debilitating medical condition or treatment approved by ADHS under A.R.S. §36-2801.01 and A.A.C. R9-17-106” (Arizona Department of Health Services 4).

McMahon claims he wants to promote the positive uses of medicinal marijuana so others can reap the benefits that he has found. I couldn't agree with you more, Jim.

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