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SF Man Uses Medical Marijuana for M.S., Supports MN Bill

February 26, 2014, 10:02 PM by Brady Mallory

SF Man Uses Medical Marijuana for M.S., Supports MN Bill
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Patrick Lynch, a Sioux Falls man, said he found a good treatment for his multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Brady: How are you feeling?
Lynch: How am I feeling?
Brady: Yeah.
Lynch: Physical-wise? I feel great. I feel great. Um, I can't wait for the snow to go away. I've got my bike sitting over there. Can't wait to get my bike and ride it.

His medicine of choice does not come in prescription bottle. Lynch, who needs to use a wheelchair, uses medical marijuana to treat his muscle spasms. Diagnosed with M.S. 25 years ago, doctors prescribed him Valium.

"Boy, it was like crawling on that couch all day and just not doing a thing," Lynch said.

Tired of being tired all the time, Lynch sought out marijuana to treat his symptoms. He said it works without Valium's side effects. In the past, he has supported legislation in favor of legalizing it in South Dakota, and now supports similar efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota. 20 states, and the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.

"If they loosen the ties on it a little bit to where it can be studied and regulated, they will find out more and more about this in the "pro" sense. Where they're going to find out more that it's helpful for different ailments," Lynch said.

The conversation about marijuana in general has shifted in recent years, but there are still many opponents. Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney is a member of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association, which opposes the the legislation.

"Regulating it is the main concern and we have prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands at this point right now. It's a huge problem. Then to add this; this is a scheduled narcotic the state of Minnesota has been trying to keep out of the hands of young adults and children for several years," Delaney said.

If passed, it would allow possession of two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana and would allow for the cultivation of plants in Minnesota.

"Marijuana has been here since the creation of time, basically," Lynch said.

He admits that others have called him a "pothead," because of his stance, but he insists medical marijuana is not about getting high, it is about having a better quality of life.

"I got the day off today, and I got a bucket list that's as big as this house. If I were to be on the prescription drugs I was on, I would not be physical at all today," Lynch said.

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