MTV reality star Diem Brown has revealed that medical marijuana is helping her cope as she fights her decade-long battle against cancer.
Diem, 32, was taken to a New York City hospital on Friday as she battled chronic pain and severe weight loss- – she weighs 100 lbs- – which is 15 lbs lower than recommended for chemotherapy treatment later this month.
The Challenge star was due to undergo an operation on Monday to have a urine-drainage tube inserted into her kidney in order to ease swelling and pain caused by blockages and tumors. She praised medical marijuana as having eased her pain, and also said the drug helped improve her appetite.
“I did the vaporizer and it took away the pain and I finally felt like I was able to eat,” she said. “That’s what got me a pound higher.”
Meanwhile, discontent is growing in Maryland due to the draft licensing fees for the state’s marijuana program that are widely expected to turn away potential applicants. This would in turn halt the budding program and reduce access to the drug for several state residents, reported The Baltimore Sun.
Potential growers are expected to fork out $125,000 per year for the two-year license while medical marijuana dispensaries are required to pay an annual fee of $40,000, the state commission’s recommendations showed. Only Illinois has higher charges in the United States.
Activists are afraid the prohibitive costs may lock out small businesses and push up retail prices, making marijuana costly for some patients. Another section believes that while the high costs may push away small players, it won’t kill the urge by most entrepreneurs to jump into the fray of what looks like a promising industry. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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