On January 1st, 2014, the state of Colorado will be the first not only in the United States, but in the history of the entire world, to fully legalize and regulate marijuana from soil to sale. The likelihood that Colorado will not be the last state to lift cannabis from its gray-market origins is all but a certainty at this point — but maybe a bit of reflection on the reasoning will speed things along.
Colorado proves that the tide is turning not only for cannabis, but for America’s perspective on implicit persecution of minorities through legislation. Jacqueline Patterson is one such minority, one of a small percentage of people with cerebral palsy. Every day, she runs the risk of losing her family, and her life, while cruising the streets of Kansas City to find the drug that allows her function in a way that most people take for granted.
In the video below, you can see Jacqueline’s dramatic transformation after taking three hits of marijuana. You can almost see the relief from pain and debilitating tension wash over her; her crushing stutter disappears in moments. If you were to try to define the words “miracle drug,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example.
Jacqueline was reported for possession of cannabis in Iowa some years ago, after which she moved to California. During a court case there, the state agreed that pot was, in her case, a medical necessity.
She faces five years in prison if caught in Missouri.
Watch an excerpt from the documentary In Pot We Trust in the video below: