What is more important to a mother than the well being of her children? Of course the answer to that is “Nothing!” But how far would you go as a mother to ensure that your children are taken care of and safe? Would you bend the rules? Would you even break the law?
Enedina Stanger is a 27-year-old wife and mother who is fighting for the legalization of marijuana in Utah. She suffers from a very rare and very painful genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danos Syndrome. As a result of this illness, Enedina has deterioration of connective tissues allowing her bones to become dislocated with everyday movement. It is an incredibly difficult and painful condition for which Enedina has received various types of pain treatments as well as medication. She states that pills made her feel too drugged and forgetful, and even says she’s been a “guinea pig in the medical community for too long.” The only thing that she and her husband have found that helps her situation without all the side-effects is smoking marijuana. She claims that she doesn’t get high from it, but that it simply helps with her pain. Enedina knows that marijuana is illegal in Utah but feels like she had to risk it in order to stay alive.
One of the hardest parts to all of this, however, is that Enedina’s daughters were also recently diagnosed with the Ehlers-Danos Syndrome, so they will most likely have a hard and painful future ahead of them. Enedina and her husband continue their fight for legalization in order to give their daughters more options for treatment of this ra.
So where do you land on the issue of medical marijuana in Utah? Should it be legalized?