Medical Cannabis Oral History Project

The Following interview clips are from the oral histories done of medical cannabis patients at the 2015 Emerald Cup, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California.

Interviewer: Joe Hoover
Length of Interview: 32:54 Minutes
A farmer and educator, Terry Rugg, talks about use of cannabis for his heart disease and in his recent fight with cancer. He also discusses the police raid on his farm and ongoing prosecution by the Kansas legal system.

Matthew O’Neill

Interviewer: Joe Hoover
Length of Interview: 23:19 Minutes
Matthew O’Neill, a medical cannabis patient for epilepsy, talks about his mother’s fight with cancer and helping finding cannabis for her when he was a teenager.

 


 

The Following interview clips are from the oral histories done of medical cannabis patients and operators at the 2015 Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.

John Alverez

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 35:32 minutes

Alvarez began using medical cannabis for in 2009 as an alcohol substitute for alcohol dependence.

Yami Bolanos

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Total interview time: 43:29 minutes

Yami Bolanos discusses the difficulties and challenges of following dispensary regulations in Los Angeles, CA.

Stephen Dondeney

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 33:26 minutes

After Doctor told him he was dying and there was nothing they could do for him, he became aware of Medical Cannabis for his chronic pain, nausea, lack of appetite (possible Crones Disease).

Mimi Friedman

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 29, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 32:17 Minutes

Mimi Friedman suffers from end stage achalasia with esophageal muscle spasms, gastroparesis, sliding hiatal hernia, and peptic ulcer disease which began after a car accident. Friedman discusses her experience trying to move to a state with medical cannabis only to see the the laws reversed.

Steve Green

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Total interview time: 42.44 minutes

Steve Green uses medical cannabis for Epilepsy, PTSD, Chronic Pain. He discusses State and Local Laws effect on medical cannabis use in Oakland County, Michigan. Even though he was a medical patent and followed protocols in place he got charged criminally in Michigan for the cultivation of marijuana and had his infant daughter removed from home.

Deborah Rehmer

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 30, 2015
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Length of Interview: 35:42 Minutes

Disabled Navy veteran, she started treating son with mental illness with medical cannabis in 2001. Started to use medical cannabis herself in 2004 to treat PTSD and Gastric bypass surgery complications.

Sarah Shrader

  • Interviewer: Joe Hoover
  • Date of Interview: March 28, 2015
  • Length of Interview: 20:02 minutes
  • Place of Interview: Americans for Safe Access Medical Cannabis Conference, Washington, D.C.

Sarah Shrader uses medical cannabis for fibromyalgia caused by a motor vehicle accident at 19 years old. Initially had reservations, felt she didn’t need it as much as terminally ill patients.

Issues with recording. Echoing near the end.