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Illinois Non-Profit Seeks to Help Low Income Patients

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Illinois Non-Profit Seeks to Help Low Income Patients

The new outreach organization based out of Illinois strives to provide access to medical cannabis to disenfranchised communities and households that require assistance in procuring and paying for their necessary treatments.

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.

Are you a patient that struggles to afford their medicine? Share your experience in the comments below.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Penny Lindquist

    May 9, 2019 at 7:27 am

    This program would be a blessing in disguise to help those that need help paying for their medical marijuana.
    I myself have benefited from MM, and I Depleted all my savings to wean myself off of prescription Opioids. That I had been taking since 1998 due to being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. As a result of continued use of the Opioids, I have had many health issues to deal with even after getting to Opioids out of my system. My brain still wants them !
    All I can think of that’s it’s a chemical in the Opioids that still lingering in my system. Or like any addict I will always have the urge for Opioids.
    Yes I call myself an addict because that’s what I am ! But a recovered addict . Thanks to Medical marijuana, and the people who have worked so hard to get it legalized for people like me that was addicted to harmful prescription like Opioids. Love and light

  2. Thomas Hays

    May 21, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I am a medical marijuana patient using marijuana as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals. As a result I have been denied jobs, and thus am experiencing the effects of unemployment, which led to the lack of housing and such things as medication, shoes and food. The prejudice against medical patients in Illinois is reminiscent of that which I experienced in Washington state back in the early 90s. If anyone knows how to contact this nonprofit please do let me know. I cannot seem to find any trace of them aside from FB (which I no longer utilize) online.

  3. Shona

    June 28, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I started Axis of love SF nearly 15 years ago in San Francisco, we do the same, and its a cryin shame that we have to fight another drug war with cannabis elites, who have blocked putting compassion into law and most recently out lawed it with mmrsa and auma

  4. Patrick Talley

    December 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    This sounds amazing and a blessing!! I personally would do anything to help this program get on its way. I’m a 31 year old Army vet that can’t work and have lost everything in the last two years. Career, family, my house, my car, my everything.I had to move back into my parents house who have plenty of their old problems with cancers and diabetes now they are paying for me to live too. Programs like this could litteraly change the well being and day to day lives of people in need!!

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