Minneapolis Councilman Andrew Johnson is one of those rare characters in the medical marijuana debate, playing both politician and patient. He was diagnosed only a few years ago with an extreme form of glaucoma in both eyes, he says. Before major surgeries, his doctors have prescribed conventional medicine to decreased pressure, one of which had the potential to be fatal.
“Our legislators allowed me to be on a drug that could kill me, but not medical marijuana,” Johnson says. “I have, as a result, less vision in my eyes.”
The Minneapolis City Pages has more on Johnson’s story.