Young Medical Marijuana Patient: "I'd Rather Be Illegally Alive Than Legally Dead."

If you don't believe that there is any value in medical marijuana, as many government officials do, then you're simply not looking at the mountains of evidence to the contrary.

Last weekend, Coltyn Turner, a fifteen-year-old medical marijuana patient spoke at a symposium on medical marijuana research in Denver. He explained:

"I'd rather be illegally alive than legally dead."

Turner suffers from Crohns disease, a disease of the digestive system that results in extreme pain, extreme diarrhea, among other devastating symptoms.

"I was just on every pharmaceutical there was out there until I would end up in a wheelchair," says Turner. Eventually, his mother would turn to CBD oil as her last resort.

"He got sick and we had no other options," Turner's mother, Wendy, told CBS. "We thought, 'Well, why not give it a try?' And it worked." The family has relocated from the Midwest to Colorado to treat Coltyn's disease. He takes the oil four times a day, legally, and has experienced tremendous results.

Opinions on medical marijuana are clearly shifting. Ten years ago, there wasn't anywhere in the world where Turner, just a "child," could openly discuss marijuana. In many places, it's still prohibited. In Colorado's neighboring state, a woman is facing 30 years in prison for using medical marijuana to treat her Crohn's disease.

We still have a long way to go.

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