Medical Marijuana Patients Worried by the Moratorium

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

The year-long proposed moratorium on medical marijuana businesses would not only affect people wanting to provide the medicine, but also the very patients in need of it.

"I have shooting pains...aches all over your body..tremors. You feel like you're rotting from the inside out," said medical marijuana patient Ian Eifenbein.

Eifenbein served three tours in Iraq as a marine where he suffered a herniated disk. Now, he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and is considered 100 percent disabled by the U.S. military. He goes to medical marijuana dispensaries occasionally because they guarantee product is available.

"People fall through all the time, can't get it for you, or can't make time for you. These stores are open from 10a.m. to 10p.m." Elfenbein says they are more reliable and can offer a diversity of strains and quality of marijuana.

In the last week, more than a dozen medical marijuana storefronts have opened to establish themselves before the council could vote on the moratorium. If it passes, some attorneys say it could unfairly limit the access of medical marijuana to patients.

Essentially, it's like limiting doctors. It's like saying to bad. We are just going to limit the number of doctors, and tough if you can't get care," said attorney Jeffrey Hank.

Hank says some clients have already approached him to file a potential lawsuit against the city, an option he says he's always considering.

"The moratorium is an unconstitutional restriction on our rights. So we may file a lawsuit against the city. But for now we are going to try and work with them," said Hank.

From behind the political scenes, patients suffering from chronic or debilitating medical conditions say they wait in frustration.

"I wanted to control my own future. I don't want somebody else to tell him what to do in regards to my health," said Eifenbein.

City council member Carol Wood says, under the moratorium, patients will still be able to grow their own marijuana and can visit already established medical marijuana locations. She says the moratorium will give the council time to create regulations for medical marijuana businesses.


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