by Denise Ford-Mitchell | The Saginaw News
• Michigan medical marijuana act leaves patients in limbo
Unlike former president Bill Clinton, Charles H. Snyder III inhales.
On bad days, he heats up marijuana three times a day. On good days, it's less.
However, on bad days -- when the chronic pain from glaucoma and the rare genetic disorder Nail-Patella syndrome becomes unbearable -- the 31-year-old Genesee County resident sniffs more marijuana through an electric vaporizer.
Stuart Bauer | The Flint JournalCharles Snyder III, 31, of Flushing uses marijuana to ease the pain of his Nail-Patella syndrome.
"For seven years, doctors tried to find the right formula of pain pills to help me lead a more normal life," said the married father of a toddler daughter. "They never found the right combination or dosage amount that didn't make things worse. It's not about getting high. I'm not a thug. I'm trying to ease my suffering."
Snyder estimates he's one of approximately 50,000 Michigan patients struggling with chronic pain who rejoiced when citizens passed the controversial Proposal 1 in the Nov. 4 general election.
When the proposal takes effect Thursday, Michigan will join Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington in permitting medical marijuana to treat cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain and HIV/AIDS -- without fear of state prosecution.