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Don't confuse Use with Abuse
Drawing by Jacki Rickert
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For years, Jacki Rickert has been asking, "Is My Medicine Legal YET?" Jacki suffers from two painful and debilitating conditions, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Advanced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and was fully approved for participation in the U.S. Government's Compassionate Use Investigative New Drug (I.N.D.) Program in at the federal level in May 1990, and by the state of Wisconsin in December 1990. But the government violated its contract and never delivered the 300 marijuana cigarettes per month as they promised. 8 surviving patients grandfathered into the program are still receiving supplies of U.S. marijuana today. Jacki has continued her fight for the medicine that works best for her. She has visited Washington DC numerous times to lobby Congress, In 1997, Jacki met Jim and Cheryl Miller, beginning a long friendship. In 1999, Gary and Jacki joined Jim and Cheryl in Washington for a protest at former Rep. Bob Barr's office. In June of 2003, Cheryl succumbed to complications of multiple sclerosis. Jacki, Jim Miller and Gary then helped spearhead a DC memorial for Cheryl, which led to the formation of the MS Patients Union.

Gary Storck has been asking, "Is my medicine legal yet?" since October 3, 1972, when he accidentally discovered that marijuana lowered his elevated intraocular pressure caused by severe congenital open-angle glaucoma. Gary tried to get into the I.N.D. program in the late 1970's, but his physician was unwilling to deal with the governmental red tape involved. He did however, write a letter, dated June 4, 1979, stating "If marijuana were available for me to prescribe to this patient, I would be willing to do so, in the hope that it would adequately control his condition with fewer side effects than the other medications currently available." 25 years later, in the year 2004, doctors are still unable to prescribe marijuana! Currently,  Gary  finds cannabis helpful not only for glaucoma, but also pain and spasms from degenerative disc disease in his neck and back, migraine headaches, and the stresses of dealing with a lifetime of illness including three open heart surgeries.

With first-hand knowledge of the therapeutic benefits and potential of this medicine, Jacki, founded I.M.M.L.Y. and asked Gary and to join her and help spread the word among patients, care providers, the medical professional community and the general public about the medical uses of this medicinal herb, and also help to build support for re-legalizing access for those who can benefit from this therapy.

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