Some New Mexico patients extol the benefits of medical marijuana

NEW MEXICO: Melissa Loomis, 40, of Elephant Butte describes herself as a former “opiate addict.” She’d had major surgeries on her spine and suffered debilitating pain.

“I couldn’t walk or hold my head up,” she said. “I was told by the best neurosurgeon in the state of New Mexico that I would never walk and that I would never look at anything but the floor.”

After the state launched its medical cannabis program a few years ago, Loomis was quick to apply to become a registered patient.

She said she got rid of the slew of pharmaceuticals she’d been on — a major relief, she said.

Now, Loomis said, she’s mobile again and able to work part-time at MJ Express-O, the state-authorized medical marijuana grower in Truth or Consequences.

“The first thing in the morning, I’ll take a couple of hits,” she said. “That way, I can get out of bed. Without it, I’m real stiff.”

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