by Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
7:52 PM CST, January 15, 2013
The debate over medical marijuana heats up in Kansas, as legislators consider whether to join the national trend of legalization. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia allow medical use of pot.
David Muford of Hutchinson has been using it for years to treat muscle spasms. He uses it in oil form that he injects into capsules and swallows. Mulford says it doesn't dope him up and treats his condition better than any other medication.
"I don't want to be high," Mulford says. "I don't want to be stumbling around like everything is funny."
Mulford says he'll testify before lawmakers if there's a committee hearing on Senate Bill 9. It's called the Cannibus Compassion and Care Act. Unlike the loosely controlled laws in some other states, Mulford says the Kansas bill calls for strict regulation. He says he is against legalization for recreational use.
Former drug addict, now motivational speaker David Gilkey says such a law sends the wrong message to kids that marijuana is healthy.
"It will probably start out with everybody saying it's for medical use, and eventually it'll become usage for anybody who wants to use it," Gilkey says.
Gilkey says he was addicted to pot, then moved on to harder drugs.
Mulford agrees marijuana is psychologically addictive and can be harmful to the brains of teenagers. But he says if it's strictly controlled for medical use, a lot of sick Kansans would benefit.
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