A couple in Manatee County, Florida who have been medical marijuana activists for almost 20 years will soon find out if charges will be filed for growing cannabis at their home.
“It’s no different than them coming into your house and kicking in your front door and taking your cancer medication,” said Robert. “This is life and death for us. If she doesn’t have it, she starts getting sick. Now what am I supposed to do?”
Robert said he grows marijuana to help his wife, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was only given three to five years to live when she was diagnosed in 1986. Cathy said that cannabis is the only thing that helps her.
“It always relaxes my muscles and the type of cannabis I use wakes up my brain,” Cathy said. But since the deputies took her medicine away, she and her husband are worried.
“If there was something else I could use, I would use it,” Robert said. “She has used everything they tried to prescribe to her; nothing works.”
Robert says he took and passed a drug test to prove Cathy is the only one using the cannabis, but he’s the only one facing possible cultivation charges. If the district attorney decides to press charges, he could face up to five years in prison.
Cathy is president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, and has been lobbying for the legalization of medical marijuana for years. The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, SB 1250, was filed a few weeks ago in the Florida Senate. A companion bill, HB 1139, was filed in the House, but both bills now have to work their way through several committees before they go to the Legislature floor.