Medical Marijuana in Mountain Home


Makayla Kellem, Reporter/Photographer

Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the main compound in marijuana. Recently this compound made its way into Mountain Home, Arkansas for medicinal use. Medical marijuana can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Glaucoma, seizures, Tourette’s, and many other conditions. The slightly sedative and pain-relieving effects from this drug are extremely relaxing and beneficial to its patients, but what will this do for Mountain Home?

Looking at the people of this area, Richard Morton has been an activist on this case since 2010. Although he has admired the plant nearly his whole life, Richard was prompted to start voicing his thoughts after witnessing two younger gentlemen be detained from a small amount of Marijuana found during a night of fishing. He thought it wasn’t a proper use of the communities’ tax dollars or time, so he began his fighting. Slowly he set up stands, booths, and brought together a grouping of people who all want the same thing. 

When asked about the possible reaction from the senior or retirement community here, he responded, “We love it. Out of all the people I’ve gotten signatures from, the older ones don’t seem to have as much of an issue as the younger people. We grew up in the ’60s with the Woodstock Era. We understand that cannabis isn’t the evil product people think it is, and that’s good.”

Richard was also prompted to discuss how this may affect the opioid issues in Mountain Home, “It’s been proven that the use of cannabis has a big effect on the opioid epidemic. A lot of people make the switch from opioids to cannabis. I went through the pain clinic and they gave me the recommendation to start using cannabis. The pain clinic no longer tests for THC in their patients because they have found that cannabis users aren’t the ones addicted to opiates.”

The community and surrounding areas of Mountain Home are constantly at war with the opioid epidemic. With the power of medications like Marijuana, addiction and overdose rates have a great potential to decrease. Plant Family Therapeutics, located at 5172 Hwy 62 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, offers strains of Marijuana that can help combat opiate withdrawal symptoms for patients who have gained a reliance on those substances.

As stated by Peter Grinspoon, MD, of Harvard Health Publishing, “Marijuana appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. This is an area where few other options exist, and those that do, such as Neurontin, Lyrica, or opiates are highly sedating. Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged.”


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