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Medical Discrimination: Kidney patient being kicked out apartment for medical marijuana
Medial Discrimination has to stop
I’m sick. I have been sick all of my life. When I was 11-years-old, I had never missed a day of school and had never been sick outside of weekend bout with chicken pocks. The first time I got sick, I got a cold and was forced to stay home with my grandmother. Over a period of a couple of weeks, I didn’t get better. My body began to swell to the point where I had to wear size 11 shoes and I went blind one day. When I finally began to struggle to breathe, my guardian took me to the hospital.It turns out, my kidneys were failing. I almost died in Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, TX. My in-and-out memory was of waking and seeing my grandmother’s by my bedside with bibles in hand. They would both be praying for me. After a week, I was transferred to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, TX. I spent three months on the 10th floor in their children’s ward.
I have chronic kidney disease or stage two kidney disease. It means that my kidneys are smaller than normal but they function as long as I maintain my levels and don’t do anything to further harm my kidneys. That means eating low-sodium foods, keeping my weight down with exercise, and not taking any pharmaceuticals or over the counter medicines.
Four years ago, I was in a car accident. I was rear-ended on the 60 freeway. I suffered a concussion and numerous back problems as a 50-year-old man. My doctor said that there was no way for me to get back to normal. Both my doctor and my chiropractor told me that I could not take pain meds. For almost 6 months, I suffered from pain and the only thing that helped it was prescribed medical marijuana.
Because of pain and suffering, I got a hefty settlement from my accident, but now I face another problem. Even though I have a doctor’s prescription and medical recommendation from another doctor, I am being kicked out my apartment in 60-days. That’s right, even though everything I do is legal in the State of California, Mission Grove Park Apartments is kicking me out. I have done everything to accommodate my neighbors and have done everything that my managers have asked me to do. I smoke twice a day and inside my apartment per their instructions. I’ve bought vaporizers and I eat candy.
Yet, in the eyes of Mission Grove Park and Nicole Helton, I am a criminal. I’m a single dad. This apartment was a godsend when I had to take emergency custody of my daughter. Now, the manager of the complex will not even speak to me.
Cigarette smokers at Mission Grove Park are allowed to smoke in common areas and on their patios. That’s against California law. I’m looking to sue.