Breaking the law for health

The Way I See It

As a parent, most of us would do anything in our power to keep our children healthy, right?

Would you break the law to do so?

What? You would never break the law? What if this law was not in force in many of our states?

One of my childhood friends, Tom Brite, decided breaking the law – so to speak – was the best path to take. This way his son, Alan, could be healthy once again after an accident caused him to have seizures.

Brite shares part one of his story on this page. Part two will be published next week.

By now you may have figured out that this is about medical marijuana use. This is the non-hallucinogenic cannabinoid (chemical found inunprocessed plants according National Institute of Health) that is used in different ways – topical,  pill form etc. It is an alternative way to treat patients with pain, cancer treatment side effects and in Alan’s case – seizures.

I have seen opioid addiction first hand. My middle brother was the hospital/ER kid in our family. Not only was he born with a heart defect which led to open heart surgery by age 11, he also had hip dysplasia and underwent surgery as a teen.

Add in a few auto accidents and falling off a scaffold … well, you get the idea. He had access to a lot of painkillers at a very young age. In later years he depended on heroin. That addiction became a more legal drug – methadone which he was on until the day he died … at 41.

I fully believe that his dependency on illegal drugs came from his usage of the legal and highly addictive opioids.

I’m not saying that medical marijuana would have necessarily been a “fix” for my brother.

But if my friend’s son had continued to use opioids for his pain and dealing with seizures, his life could have certainly been cut short or at least changed for the worse.

The way I see it, with over half of the United States (29 along with D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico) allowing the use of medical marijuana, maybe it is time for Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature to finally pass a similar bill?

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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