‘I’ve been preaching about [how]cannabis cures cancer since 2008,” Laurie Gaddis says. And she’s been preaching it because it works.
Gaddis moved to Colorado from Arizona after she was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer she says comes from her father’s exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. She says she’s been a medical marijuana refugee for nearly a decade.
The patchwork of state laws under a federal ambiguity that has gotten worse with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ anti-pot statements has created hundreds of medical marijuana refugees who have to move to a state where they can get the kind of medicine either they or their doctor feel is necessary.
Gaddis has never had to undergo chemo or radiation therapy. She still has problems, but she is alive. And relatively well.
“I am in a blessed position,” she says of her life in Colorado. “I’m glad I am, but I think everybody should have that opportunity. It upsets me that other people are suffering every day and don’t know what to do.”
She says she can remember what it felt like with the choice of being “illegally alive or legally dead.”
Gaddis treated her cancer with a homemade cannabis oil similar to that made famous by Rick Simpson.