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  • At one time, Vicki was taking fifteen different prescriptions to manage her battle with rheumatoid arthritis, some several times more powerful than morphine. She was born with the disease and until just a couple of months ago, she truly believed it was killing her.

    "I could feel my breathing shutting down," she tearfully says. "I've been battling this all my entire life."

    Recently, she's been coming to one of the compassion centers in the state of Michigan, just outside Detroit, to meet with a caregiver and to be administered medical marijuana.

    "I use the oils," Vicki says, "and it's a miracle."

    Vicki puts her hands in front of me and repeatedly bends her fingers in and out toward her palms. "I haven't been able to do that for a long time. Now I can feed myself, hold a fork like everyone else."

    Medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, but a poorly written law and what many say is an overzealous state attorney general have combined to force the closure of hundreds of caregiver centers. Now, people like Vicki feel threatened.

    "I can't go back to the way things were," she says, tears returning. "I'm now middle-aged and I am now able to live a reasonable life. Without the marijuana oil, my body would seize up again and I don't know what would become of me."
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