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Georgia kidney patient denied transplant by Blue Cross Blue Shield for marijuana use | The NORML Stash Blog

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6 responses to “Georgia kidney patient denied transplant by Blue Cross Blue Shield for marijuana use”

  1. spings

    Stevie, I’m on the same situation, 6 years on dialysis and a MMJ patient in Calif. Was on the transplant list but once they found out about the MMJ, they removed me from the list.

    Don’t worry about the fistulla procedure it quick and painless, and much better then a cather. Good luck

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  3. stevie elder

    I’m in a simular situation.Stage four renal disease.I also suffer with chronic pain from crippling arthritis and have seriouse mobility problemss. My nephroloy dr.says I have to cut out pain meds.I have found that a puff or two realy takes the edge off + makes my pain toerable.However,The University of Washington where the transplant team is has already said “smoking marijuana is contraindiction to transplant” I’m wondering if they’ll deny me the dialisis treatment that I will eventually have to have also.(I’m due to have vascular mapping on my arm to insert a fistuala this week) Everybody, please pray for me.

  4. Jillian

    isn’t it weird how people who are well think they’re going to stay well forever? ..that it’ll never be them who are so sick that they need to turn to marijuana just so they can EAT?!!

    By the time they realize that they’re just as mortal as everybody else it’s too late for them to change the decisions they made that hurt others. :cry:

  5. slash5city

    hopefully one day Russ things will change!

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