I don’t believe marijuana reform will happen in time to benefit Alex. Prop 19 was an amazing initiative that proved that the country is ready to take cannabis a whole lot more seriously, but without the “yes” votes this year, I don’t imagine the fight will go very far for a while. The U.S. government is already adding to the lies, and I expect they’ll spend as much money as they can to keep their pockets lined – either with donations from big pharm, alcohol and tobacco, paper companies, or who knows, the drug cartels themselves. I’m not much for conspiracy theories, but clearly somebody has something big at stake for us to continue this ban on one of the safest drugs in existence.
Point being I’ll keep fighting for legalization, but I’m going to put that on the back-burner for Alex’s situation. I don’t know where to go from here, really. Without the hope of marijuana replacing his other medications, and having gotten no legal help so far, I guess all I’ll do is keep telling Alex’s story so perhaps others can benefit.
Tonight we actually had a pretty amazing visit. He was raging when we arrived, and immediately calmed down when he saw me. He was very talkative and happy most of the time we were there. At about 7:20, he went into his room and just laid down. We kissed him good-bye and left. Granted, he did get out of bed before we had left, but he was still very calm and seemed to be okay as we were walking past the window to our car. He had a little bit of self-injurious behavior tonight, but overall he was amazing. Very good visit overall.
My only concern is that I gave him hash and he probably didn’t need it. He was so angry when we first arrived that I figured I’d be safest just giving it to him, but it became clear afterward that there was no need. I imagine it’ll completely knock him out soon if it hasn’t already. Sleep is good for Alex, of course, but sometimes drug-induced sleep causes him to freak out in the morning. In the past I’ve seen that more with ER trip drugs like valium, haldol, or ativan, but we have also seen it once or twice with cannabis, too, so I hope that doesn’t happen.