Medical Marijuana Granny
By Kyle Midura
BILLINGS – For one woman, a traveling clinic offered her a second chance at independent living.
Mabel didn’t like the idea of medical marijuana but after seeing media reports she thought it might keep her out of the nursing home.”Oh! It’s a miracle, I was almost helpless,” said Mabel Macer. Macer is 82 years old and at one point was taking as many as 17 prescription drugs for pain but now she just takes her heart medicine and a medical marijuana cocktail twice daily.
“If I can find something that can make me quit hurting and that’s just what I’m doing,” said Macer.
She said she’s far more lucid now that she’s off the narcotics. Before she could barely walk to her door, now she walks around the block but Macer’s primary care physician expressed concern that medical marijuana would complicate her conditions.
In a letter to Macer, he said if she continued marijuana use, he would have no choice but to dismiss her from his practice.
“It is a major challenge for patients around the state to find a physician willing to recommend unfortunately a number of physicians within the state are restricted from providing a recommendation to their normal patients because of where they’re currently employed,” said Jim Gingery with the Medical Marijuana Growers Association.
Macer said she’s just happy to be herself again and because of a lung condition, she said she does not smoke marijuana, she drinks it.