I would like to express my disappointment at VIHA’s recent decision to ban edibles based on one anonymous complaint.
I was diagnosed with MS, then Lyme Disease last spring. I spent the summer doing a 42 day high dosage antibiotic treatment (Ceftriaxone). I am a 50 year old single mother of a 12 year old. I thought I was going to die this summer and leave my child an orphan.
I do not like to smoke pot, neither do I like to take capsules. I eat edibles. Period. They are the only way I made it through that summer of hell.
VIHA, you do not understand how your rash decision has affected and negatively impacted my life. I am still not well. I am not swallowing a capsule. I am an adult and I will continue to eat edibles.
By the way, what is a capsule? IT IS AN EDIBLE!! If you are concerned about the safety of children, don’t be. Edibles are safer than opiates, medications, guns, alcohol and certainly cigarettes and it is up to adults to responsibly keep them out of reach of children. It is also up to adults to educate themselves on dosage and consumption.
How about Flinstone Vitamins and flavoured cough syrup? Will VIHA ban those too? Because a child could die consuming those as well.
Cannabis might make someone sleep or vomit or get paranoid, but the others KILL!
If I go to a farmer’s market, where does that jar of jam come from? Is it a VIHA certified kitchen? How about those veggies? Are they VIHA certified? They shouldn’t have to be. That is ridiculous! My edibles come from a VIHA certified kitchen and the employees have their food safe. There are plenty of testing facilities where edibles can be tested and consumed with accuracy.
My doctor from the Centre for Disease Control encouraged my use of edibles throughout my protocol and continues to do so; it helped with nausea and let me sleep. I do not and will not take sleeping pills. Too many side effects. My MS doctor also supports my decision to consume edibles, as well as my GP.
VIHA — Dr. Stanwick — should not be able to make rash decisions such as this. As far as I am concerned, he should step down from his position.
This is an uneducated and completely irrational decision. If someone is not operating from a VIHA certified kitchen, then that company should be reprimanded, not the people who need the medicine!
Now I have to go underground to find my edibles and that is NOT okay!
I just want to add that cannabis is a natural plant that has been used for tens of thousands of years and cannabis IS the main ingredient in edibles.
All of you who feel as strongly as I do about this unethical edible ban, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org