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Letter: Quality of life

I am not looking for sympathy. The only way this letter is getting written is because I have a PCA to dictate, because I cannot even type anymore. As a person who uses medical marijuana, I would not wish this pain on anyone. I can be grateful that there is something to help me.

I don’t know what the Board of Selectmen is thinking. We bought and built in Bernardston because I wanted my neighbors or passersby to see me if I fell. That is not a concern anymore, because I seldom go outside. When I have needed the police to help me get up and back into my home, they have been wonderful responders.

I have a form of MS that is progressive. It is not helped by anything or slowed by anything, so I have reached the point that it is really about quality of life, not quantity. Yes, I used to be able to do lots of things I can no longer do, but the medical marijuana I use comes from other states, which can be an inconvenience for those who have to deliver it. I have to wonder if the selectmen took into consideration things like that. If someone wanted to supply medical marijuana here in town, the convenience would be amazing.

I don’t know if insurance will cover medical marijuana, but I am sure that some drug company will conduct studies that they can make money on with a drug that does what marijuana already does. Until then, access should not be limited by geography. I know that the town is concerned with criminal activity that might arise. Does that outweigh the factor of quality of life for those of us who need pain relief?

JUDY RENAUD CLARK

Bernardston

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