Patients, doctors speak about effects of proposed THC cap for medical marijuana

Reporter: Dannielle Garcia Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Jarred cannabis. Credit: WINK News

How high is too high? A North Fort Myers representative is proposing a cap on how much THC can be prescribed to patients. Now patients and doctors alike are reckoning with how it could affect them.

Scot Goldberg is a local attorney used to fighting for his clients, but this time it’s more personal: Suzy Goldberg, his wife, was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer three years ago, so she has to do chemotherapy every two weeks for the rest of her life. The process causes her a lot of pain, so her team of doctors and oncologists prescribed medical marijuana.

“The medical marijuana allows her to have a quality of life where she’s not laying in bed or laying in front of the toilet for hours on end,” Scot Goldberg said. “And I think that’s what it’s all about, is your quality of life, and how much time we get to spend with each other, the quality time. That’s what I’m so thankful for: that she was able to see our children get married, she was able to see the things in the last two-and-a-half years that she was worried she wouldn’t get to see. And she got to do that because she felt good enough to go out and be a part of that. That’s the quality of life that the medical marijuana brings us.”

Goldberg says his wife gets more relief from this than from an opioid prescription, and she was able to ween off opiates completely following a surgery. He says she takes her THC in pill form at night because she doesn’t want to inhale the smoke.

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