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Medical Discrimination: Kidney patient being kicked out apartment for medical marijuana

Updated on April 7, 2017

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.

This is probably my future, but for the last 43 years, I have managed my disease well.
This is probably my future, but for the last 43 years, I have managed my disease well. | Source


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      H C Palting 

      18 months ago from East Coast

      Smoke of any kind is bad for our lungs. There is also evidence that shows it causes problems with other parts of our bodies such as affecting the blood flow to your kidneys. People may believe as they wish and each of us has a different body of knowledge (book knowledge, medical, knowledge, even street knowledge, etc.) but there is no escaping the fact that smoke of any kind is bad for your lungs at the very least and bad for the people around you who are subjected to it. It may be possible that you could work out something where you only eat foods prepared off premises with marijuana in them or buy or rent a single family home.

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      Bruce Bean 

      18 months ago from Riverside, CA

      Not true about the kidney problems or any of the other stuff and medical marijuana. I have survived with this disease for 43 years because I don't eat processed foods, take over the counter medications, or take pharmaceuticals. I also exercise regularly and keep my weight down. Marijuana was used for the treatment of asthma and in those states where it is legal, the use of opioids has dropped dramatically. I agree that all buildings should be non-smoking, but this one is not.

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      H C Palting 

      18 months ago from East Coast

      I can understand your frustrations but if I were your building's owner, all smoking would be banned. Medical or not, smoke is bad for our lungs and the rest of our bodies. Smoke of all kinds is a huge problem in apartment living because it travels to other people's homes who often don't want it there. Oddly, some research shows smoke from weed can eventually lead to kidney problems and other problems that are also seen in cigar and cigarette smokers and those exposed to their secondhand smoke. Perhaps you could work out something where you only eat foods prepared off premises with marijuana in them or buy or rent a single family home?


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