Across the nation, medical cannabis has been getting a lot of legal and legislative attention from lawmakers and voters. It’s given thousands of Americans a newfound glimmer of hope that they can find effective ways to treat a number of illnesses, but there are still many patients that struggle to afford to pay for the treatment. Despite medical cannabis often being more affordable than other kinds of pharmaceutical drugs, a number of low-income communities and households haven’t been able to reap the benefits of the newly-passed legislation in their state due to financial hardship. The D.O.P.E. House, Inc., a non-profit organization that aims to bring awareness about cannabis, is looking to change that.
“We advocate social justice and equal treatment for all and that includes access to medical marijuana.” Cerrone Crowder, the founder and chairman of the organization, explained. “Medical marijuana can most definitely enhance a person’s quality of life, and it’s unfair that specifically in Illinois it appears only wealthy communities will have access to it. So every day, we are working hard to reverse that trend.”
The D.O.P.E. House, Inc. is working to create public education seminars, programs to help raise awareness about obstacles patients face accessing their medicine and connecting patients with those who can help to provide the necessary resources they require to help them receive their treatments.
“I didn’t know much about medical marijuana until I read about it on The D.O.P.E. House’s website,” Joe Hart, a U.S. veteran who has benefited from the organization’s efforts, said. “I have numerous ailments, many of them chronic, that I now believe medical marijuana is capable of helping with. It’s about time someone stood up for those of us too often forgotten.”
And this is exactly what The D.O.P.E. House, Inc. is trying to accomplish.
“Our issues are targeted to advancing the health benefits of the cannabis plant and what specific health issues it can help treat for the chronic and terminally ill, elderly and veteran patients of Illinois,” states Crowder.
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