A brain injury survivor hopes marijuana will be legalized in North Carolina soon.
WRAL News spoke to Jordan Slade for the first time in April 2019 about his attempts to recover from a traumatic brain injury. Two years earlier, Slade was driving home from his Smithfield job when his front tire suddenly burst. It crashed into an abandoned house.
Apparently no one was around to witness it.
“And I guess I sat there for three and a half hours before someone found me passed out,” said Slade.
The brain injury also resulted in two strokes. After returning from the hospital, Slade continued to struggle with memory, language, and mobility problems.
Three years later, Slade appears to have made significant strides. He credits his advances to the use of cannabis, or marijuana, which is still illegal in North Carolina.
Slade argues that the results are difficult to refute.
“I was able to get off 13 different drugs that I should take for the rest of my life,” he said.
Slade is now focused on Senate Bill 711, a medical marijuana bill that is now being submitted to state lawmakers. Proponents claim that “prescription marijuana” helps people with serious medical problems such as cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and end-of-life pain or nausea.
“I got very little benefit from it. It wasn’t enough for me to go on,” said Slade.
If state lawmakers legalize medical marijuana, Slade plans to be part of the new marketplace.
“I’m going back to school to get my degree in business to start my own medical pharmacy chain in the state of North Carolina,” he said.
In the event of legalization, there will be fierce competition for supplier licenses. Some lawmakers argue for a much higher cost than is now proposed. That’s $ 50,000 with an annual renewal cost of $ 10,000.