There is a lot of “frustration,” laughed Jodi Hahn, a patient at the Iona Cannabis Clinic. That frustration is within the medical cannabis community.
“This seems to change consistently, every day you never really know what the next thing is going to be,” she said.
According to Iona Cannabis Clinic’s Dr. Sonn, as of Monday, officials are moving forward with the idea that medical marijuana can legally be smoked. There’s just one problem: there’s no smokable medical marijuana for sale in the market right now.
“On one side, we have a limited availability of green flower,” explained Dr. Sonn. “The other side is, let’s be protective to our patients so they don’t increase their exposure to cancer risk.”
According to Dr. Sonn’s recap of all that’s happened to this point, the legislature decided not to allow smokable forms of marijuana. A judge said that’s unconstitutional. Later, smokeable marijuana was approved.
“But then they put a stay on it,” he explained. And that stay has since been lifted — again. So now, we go forward with the idea that you can smoke cannabis.
“But we still need to wait for the laws, the statutes to be written. What’s allowed. In all of the details,” explained Dr. Sonn.
The idea itself still has opposition. “I think a big misconception is my patient population,” Dr. Sonn explained.
In general, Dr. Sonn said the ages of his patients are somewhere between 45 and 80.
“I can just tell from an experience that an 80-year-old patient with cancer walking into a medical marijuana treatment center for the first time is going to have a little hesitancy if the only thing visible to them is green flower of 17 varieties,” Dr. Sonn said.
But those who have no hesitancy stand by it strongly. “I don’t wanna cry because — he saved my life,” said Brittany Lengyel, a patient of Dr. Sonn.
Brittany Lengyel needed three brain surgeries after her car accident. She said CBD, a byproduct of cannabis, gave her relief from her chronic pain.
Dr. Sonn said that’s all his patients want. “My folks want relief ultimately. Whatever that is.”