A husband, father, and counsel to a New York City elected official, Jamin Sewell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) ten years ago. He struggles with tingling, numbness, neuropathic pain, and fatigue. Sometimes, his MS symptoms are so agonizing that he has to miss work.
Jamin has tried a number of pharmaceutical treatments, but “none of them have had much of an impact, especially on the neuropathic pain, and they make me sleepy,” he says.
Jamin has done the research and talked to other MS and Cancer patients about how marijuana can alleviate his symptoms but has never been able to see for himself.
As an attorney and staffer for a City Council member he worries, “About losing my license for breaking the law and the impact that a criminal charge might have on my employer.”
“I want to continue serving my community as long as I am physically able to do so,” said Jamin. “I am convinced that using medical marijuana will enable me to continue to be productive and improve my quality of life.”
New York does not currently permit the medicinal use of marijuana, so Jamin is forced to choose between breaking the law and losing his livelihood or suffering with symptoms that could be dramatically eased if medical marijuana were legal. This is a choice no one should have to make.