Missouri "Medical Marijuana Refugee" Explains Why She Had to Leave the Show-Me State

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When Jacqueline Patterson took her first toke of marijuana at the age of fourteen, she experienced what it was like to be without pain for the first time in her life. It's also why she eventually had to leave Missouri.

Patterson was born with cerebral palsy. The muscles on the right side of her body are significantly weaker and less developed than her left, and she speaks with a severe stutter, or as she prefers to call it, a "speech spasm." Medical marijuana, Patterson says, has helped her deal with the pain her medical condition causes every day of her life, and it also helps with her speech. When she smokes, her brain doesn't feel as rushed, and she's able to get the words out easier, she says.

Although using marijuana to treat cerebral palsy is not unheard of these days, it wasn't an accepted notion roughly twenty years ago when Patterson first tried it and noticed a remarkable difference it made on her body.

"Smoking cannabis as a teenager meant that I had to get it from my friends," Patterson tells Daily RFT. "Which meant that I had to hang out with the people who had it, which was a problem in the beginning."

She continues: "There was a drug-dealing senior at Park Hill High School when I was a freshman who took an interest in me because I was pretty and because my house was within walking distance of the campus. He always had weed, but he was abusively controlling, One day, he physically forced me to skip school, and my parents came home. Well, my mom came home with my dad in tow, and they already had a preconceived idea of what was going on. I couldn't tell them that marijuana made me feel better or that skipping school had been forced upon me."

Patterson says that her family and school then applied the "delinquent" label to her "with Super Glue."

See also: Sen. McCaskill: If Pot is Legal "Kids Will Get Handed Joints Like They Get Handed Beers"

That made life difficult for the next few years, not only because of tenser family relations, but also because Patterson was afraid to self-medicate. And when she had a son at age seventeen, she wanted to "be a good mother," which meant staying away from marijuana and its negative stigma.

After having a baby, Patterson moved in with her boyfriend, "Scott," a 24-year-old data processor whom she hadn't known very long, but who seemed like a loving, stable and trustworthy guy. But at the end of July in 1997, she found out that wasn't the case at all.

"Scott strangled me, tied me to a bed, and proceeded to rape and sodomize me for eight hours while my son slept in the other room," Patterson says.

At the end of the eight-hour torture session, Scott began drinking and then calmly called the cops on himself. He was arrested and eventually went to prison.

The rape caused Patterson a great deal of mental anguish, similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. But the immediate aftermath of the rape did not help much either.

Future Missouri senator Claire McCaskill, incidentally, was the Jackson County prosecutor at that time, and Patterson says she took a special interest in her case.

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"When I met her, my face was so swollen and my eyes were so red with blood that I remember not even feeling human. I felt like an animal on parade -- the rape victim that everyone wanted 'criminal justice' for. It was my first experience with how disposable the victim is in that context."

Patterson, now suffering from cerebral palsy and PTSD, started using marijuana to medicate. For her, it was far better than the heavy pharmaceutical painkillers she was prescribed by Missouri doctors.

See also: St. Louisan Owns Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado and Hopes Missouri Legalizes, Too

McCaskill's tour across the Show-Me state last week revealed much about the Democrat Senator's views on marijuana: She doesn't like it, either for recreational or medical use, not even for war veterans or rape victims with PTSD. And Patterson explains she is personally offended by McCaskill's stance since it has worked so well for her.

See also: McCaskill: Not Sure If Rape Victims and War Vets with PTSD Should Get Medical Marijuana

"Medical cannabis for PTSD is a very personal issue for me, as is the irony of the criminal-justice system," she says.

Nonetheless, it still wasn't legal in Missouri or Iowa, where Patterson moved after the rape. By then, she was more certain about her views on marijuana and began joining in lobbying efforts to get it legalized for medicinal purposes in 2001. But in 2006, Patterson was arrested for a misdemeanor marijuana charge, which caused problems for her to get into public housing both in Iowa and Missouri. She became homeless and had to send her second son to go live with his father, who would later win full custody.

Patterson says that happened because of her marijuana activism.

Click on the next page to read about Patterson's move out West...

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impatientlywaiting
impatientlywaiting

I'm a disabled Iraqi war vet and Im glad she told me this. We can not let this woman in office. If I don't take VA Sleeping meds and painkillers, Im up for days literally. Crying on and off all day. Thank you for telling me about this Candidate. We have to stop picking these big pharmacy politicians, I bet she took a bribe, Don't you all find it odd as soon as they shot our petition for medicinal for ptsd, and other medical issues, they approved the CBD for seizures then get this, the next Month, a pharma company announced its opening for this oil, and will only allow two companies to open here in MO. Don't get me wrong Im glad someone gets help but how obvious and desperate could they be as if they already new what was the verdict, we got tricked...WE GOT TRICKED.. I tell you what if they don't look out for vets soon, My kids will not be serving, You will get them through a lottery, YOU PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF ME IF I PROTECT US. I VOLUTEERED HAPPILY IT WAS AN HONOR, NOW KEEP YOUR WORD, and STOP PLAYING WITH MY LITTLE BIT OF HAPPINESS. Politicians are lying hypocrites.  GIVE ME RELIEF!!! Message from a service connected disable war vet. I WILL NOT MOVE MY CHILDREN AND WIFE FROM THE FARM THAT IS RIGHTFULL THEIRS. KEEP YOUR WORD MISSOURI

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet
are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

msbowling511
msbowling511

We as a people should stop allowing the few greedy politicians from making the laws on how the rest of us grown adults live.

Steve Scott
Steve Scott

Sounds like she just surrounded herself with crappy people.

Adam Usher
Adam Usher

I don't see how buying it from the black market is causing domestic vigilance and sexual assaults. Really homeless too?

Brian Gallagher
Brian Gallagher

not everyone can afford to relocate.and most important is we shouldn't have to. this suffering has to stop sometime it's utterly ridiculous. ;)))

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


missouri is known as the "show me how to be backwards " state...20 years behind us


Senator Kimberly Yee of Arizona (republican) is denying a marijuana research bill for vetarans, she should be jailed


"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420


from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new


20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn


Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom


love and freedom forever


AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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