A Florida man is asking a judge to allow him to use marijuana to treat his multiple sclerosis after a traffic stop resulted in his arrest for pot possession.
Angel Luis Hernandez, 32, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested last year on the Florida Turnpike after a traffic stop. A search of Hernandez’s car turned up six grams of marijuana in his possession., reports David Gould of WPTV.com.
He was given a notice to appear in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court on the marijuana charges.
According to Hernandez, he’s had MS for the past 10 years, and medical marijuana is the only medication that has helped him.
Hernandez is asking to have his marijuana use declared a medical necessity.
|Angel Luis Hernandez was arrested for using the only medication that helps his multiple sclerosis.|
Currently, 14 states have legalized medical marijuana and allow its use for multiple sclerosis.
Anecdotal reports and a small controlled study have reported that cannabis improves spasticity and, to some extent, improves tremor in MS patients, according to Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana patient advocacy organization.
Moreover, marijuana has shown effects on immune function that also have the potential of reducing the autoimmune attack that is thought to be the underlying problem in MS.
Many MS patients report that cannabis has a startling and profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, speech and eyesight.
Florida doesn’t allow marijuana use for any purpose.