Crohn’s disease patient and hemp farmer
An article from DIE ZEIT on 12th February 2004 in excerpts
Cannabis is a vital remedy for Michael Grosse. Therefore, he argues for the right to grow the material
He inhales the illegal drug for the symptoms of his illness. He suffers from Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that plagued him with cramps, diarrhea and abscesses. Crohn’s disease is not curable, common medicines can only relieve the pain inadequately (…)
In Germany, cannabis has long been discussed as a medicine – but only in circles of cannabis activists. For big, that was an unknown world. But did not he have to find a way out of his hopeless situation? …
His doctor, after more than ten years of treatment just as perplexed, advised him to try …
“I smoked it in the morning on the toilet”, then followed the redemption: “the first time I can sleep more than four hours, I had not experienced that for years.”
One gram was enough for five painless days. At last he was able to go back among people for breakfast, to the cinema (…)
The cloth he got on the black market.
A legal option would have been the (…) approved semi-synthetic Dronabinol, but fell through in Great Self-experimentation (…) “I felt really wide in my head” (…) and Dronabinol would cost him 30 times the self-treatment with cannabis. Eventually, Great decided to plant his newly discovered medicinal herb himself. Cannabis, he explains eagerly, is not just cannabis, and only targeted breeding brings optimal results.
Soon, Grosse constantly had to remember that smoked cannabis is many times more carcinogenic than ordinary cigarettes do (…) about seven times as harmful as a normal cigarette (…)
Inhaling without smoking, he learned, is the better solution. The Working Group on Cannabis as Medicine holds an inhaler for smokers in stock, which two patients have developed. “Smoking was yesterday, today is steamed”. Inside a tube is a halogen lamp that evaporates cannabis at a precisely controlled temperature. “That’s like inhaling chamomile,” laughs Great. In the winter he opened the slats of his greenhouse, read books in the light of his 600-watt pear and smoked his cannabis medicine. He felt better than he had in a long time, the grass gave him warmth and support.
It went well for four years. Große talked only about his new therapist with his doctor and some good friends. In May 2000, however, his domestic allotment idyll flew up (…) the police ransacked his home and found the plantation in the bedroom (…)
He received the address of a lawyer from the Green Aid Network (note: Robert Wenzel, lawyer and member of ACM e.V.). Three months later, the first trial before the district court (…)
Together with five other plaintiffs, he wants to make sure that cannabis as a therapeutic agent will not only be tolerated, but allowed. If great and the other successful, the judgment could open a whole new chapter in dealing with cannabis in this country and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer, pain or AIDS in Germany.
The BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) states that the only option would be a political solution. It would have to be decided to move cannabis “from the list of chapters in Annex 1 (…) to Appendix 3 (…)”. But in Germany are before Interior Minister Schily and the drug commissioner Marion Caspers-Merk.
As far as the article from DIE ZEIT. Frank Fuchs has yet to say that processes are expensive, even if the Hamburg lawyer Wenzel is certainly not overpaid and brings a lot of idealism with.
With the ACM e.V. donations (against donation receipt!) Are to the financing of such processes VERY NÖTIG and welcome!