Senator’s Own Family Opposes His Medical Marijuana Prohibition Amendment

The sister-in-law of Sen. C. Scott Grow, proponent of a constitutional amendment to forever ban medical marijuana, is a medical marijuana patient; his niece, a medical marijuana grower.

The sister-in-law of State Sen. C. Scott Grow is a medical marijuana patient suffering from severe chronic pain. Her husband, Keith Detro, has composed a letter explaining how marijuana is the only substance that has provided her pain relief and freed her from the side-effects of opioid painkillers.

“I remember how her expression slowly changed to that of astonishment,” writes Detro, “as she said, ‘I can feel the pain leaving my fingers!’ The exclamations continued until she finally said, ‘for the first time in years; I cannot feel any pain.’”

Detro explained how Idaho’s continued prohibition of marijuana has forced himself and his wife to move to Oregon, where her daughter (Sen. Grow’s niece) is a medical marijuana grower.

“Since my wife would not bring illegal drugs into Idaho, she moved into her daughter’s home for treatment,” Detro explained. “With this treatment, Mr. Grow’s sister-in-law no longer needs to muffle her agony. She no longer suffers from intense constipation, ‘picking’ at her skin, insomnia, addiction, rebound headaches and other opioid side-effects. She no longer needs to face the risk of overdose.”

Sen. Grow’s amendment, if passed, would forever ban his own sister-in-law from ever returning to Idaho to live pain-free. Detro’s full letter is included below.

Letter from Keith Detro, Husband of Sen. C. Scott Grow’s Sister-in-Law

Few individuals have had the opportunity to witness firsthand, investigate and discover for them-self the potential benefits of medical marijuana than Mr. Grow. His niece is a long-term grower of medical marijuana; and his sister-in-law has benefited from its use in life-changing ways that no FDA approved drug has.

His niece started growing medical marijuana in California and now grows in Oregon. She and her significant other routinely produce a cannabis crop that tops all others in purity and effectiveness. They number among the most skilled and informed members of the medical marijuana community. They are a wellspring of firsthand knowledge. They have a lifetime of relevant experiences. And they are respected leaders in this profession.

Their farm and production processes are highly regulated and routinely inspected. Their crop undergoes rigorous laboratory testing and would be rejected for even the smallest deviation.

Yet, with this astounding resource at his hand and considering his choice to be an authoritative voice on the topic; Mr. Grow has never contacted his niece; never asked a question, never offered to debate the topic, and never requested evidence of health and treatment benefits. How could any open minded leader scorn such an opportunity?

Mr. Grow’s sister-in-Law (and my wife) suffers from a severe mitochondrial condition. (The mitochondria converts sugar into energy, there are hundreds in each human cell and contain their own DNA) The mitochondria in her muscles and nerves have mutated, greatly reducing their efficiency and leaving my wife 95% bedridden. The effect on her nerves includes the result of being in severe pain 24/7.

She is treated by the Chief of Staff for Treasure Valley’s Chapter of MD (Muscular Dystrophy). She was prescribed twelve 10mg “Norco’s” (opioids) a day. They also contain acetaminophen. Twelve Norco’s delivers the highest amount of acetaminophen possible without overdosing and causing kidney failure.  Even at that quantity, they did not mask all her pain.  That is the only thing opioids do—mask pain (and cause severe side-effects). They do nothing to treat the underlying source. They are highly addictive, the leading pharmaceutical abused drug on the street and a leading killer of Americans due to accidental overdose by patients and by abusers, as well as suicide. They have extreme side-effects, especially with high doses

My wife, like her mom and the rest of her family; are hardly frail.  They are of the same stock as their prairie-crossing; mountain-traversing ancestors. Yet, day after day I could hear her muffled cries of agony; even as she sought to spare me this burden.

My stepdaughter continuously advised us to try marijuana. We did not want to bring illegal drugs into our home and believed what the government was saying. More than a year later; a friend was visiting my wife and pulled out two cookies made with marijuana. In desperation my wife ate them. I remember how her expression slowly changed to that of astonishment as she said, “I can feel the pain leaving my fingers!” The exclamations continued until she finally said, “for the first time in years; I cannot feel any pain.”

Marijuana is not a ‘pain killer’ like opioids.  It does not work by simply masking pain. It affects various systems changing their malignant behavior and thereby reducing or eliminating the associated symptoms. It is my opinion as a professional systems analyst, albeit non-medical; that the reason marijuana works so well for my wife is due to her nerves being so under charged. The nerve receptors in the brain get bad data and consequently generates false pain. Marijuana either positively affects the data from the nerves or prevents the pain receptors from sending rogue pain signals.

My stepdaughter moved her farm to Oregon. Since my wife would not bring illegal drugs into Idaho, she moved into her daughter’s home for treatment. With this treatment, Mr. Grow’s sister-in-law no longer needs to muffle her agony. She no longer suffers from intense constipation, ‘picking’ at her skin, insomnia, addiction, rebound headaches and other opioid side-effects. She no longer needs to face the risk of overdose. But to receive this treatment; she must leave the State of Idaho. She must escape the tired rhetoric of those who will oppose a thing without exploring a thing; even when it exists within their own family.

Idaho is not the medical research center of the world; yet Idaho is the only state to not accept the use of marijuana in any form. If it is not expertise that has brought Idaho to this choice; one must ask “what has?”

—Keith Detro

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