Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.
If New York State Senate leaders get their way, I may not live to see the Compassionate Care Act -- a bill to create a well regulated medical marijuana program for seriously ill or debilitated New Yorkers -- become law.
My patient was not a drug addict. She was not seeking to get high. She merely wanted to live out the remainder of her life pain-free so that she could spend it with her family. Medical marijuana alleviated her pain. More importantly, she was able to communicate with her loved ones.