Medical Pot Sales Under Way In Southland – Daily Southtown

on Jan. 12. Like Smith, Joe Zimny hopes that medical marijuana can be an alternative to medicines he takes, such as sleep aids. He said he suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car crash in 1988. “I have chronic insomnia and anxiety,” the 58-year-old Park Forest man said. “I have not been able to lay down and go to sleep naturally in 10 years. My mind stays active all the time.” Robert McCarthy of Palos Heights said he has been using medical marijuana since it became available for sale in early November. He said it has helped relieve a side effect of a medicine he takes to control his epilepsy. The medicine tends to cause a tingling sensation in his hands, and the 30-year-old, who was first diagnosed when he was around the age of 2, said the marijuana has helped. McCarthy said his brother, who lives in California, has also used medical marijuana to ease back pain related to a fall off a bicycle. “He was using opiates like Vicodin,” he said.

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