Imagine being diagnosed with a rare disorder which sees your own immune system damages your nerve cells, causing severe pain, muscle weakness and even paralysis.
Now imagine if you found out cannabis could greatly improve your quality of life by reducing the debilitating symptoms.
Would you be considered a dangerous criminal in the eyes of police and self-medicate with cannabis or would you continue to suffer long-term problems to stay within the confines of the law?
The 59-year-old told nine.com.au he has been suffering Guillain–Barre syndrome for the past 41 years, with medical cannabis the only treatment that offers him relief from the crippling disorder.
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He knows cannabis use is still illegal in Australia – only available legally in select cases – but feels educating people on the benefits of medical marijuana far outweighs any risk of police persecution.
“I discovered I had Guillain–Barre syndrome on October 18, 1977,” he told
“I thought I had flu.
I couldn’t even hold my spoon when I woke up and by the afternoon I could hardly move at all. Less than 24 hours later I was rushed to the intensive care unit and placed on life support.”
Mr McGarry said from that moment onward, Guillain–Barre syndrome totally transformed his life.
“I had to learn how to do everything again like I was a baby,” he said.How to order cannabis online in Australia