legally and my parents rights to me as a child were formally, legallyand permanently terminated. None of it was not my choice (except thename change after years of foster care), it was not discussed with me,I was a child. My medical care as a child was much as it is now, withthe exception of the fact that kids get a bit more coverage. Being onthe program at a young age, I did not accumulate much in the way ofwork money in my SSI account, although I did attempt to work severaltimes. Unfortunately every time, an employer or doctor would get tiredof me being sick and put a stop to it one way or another. That is whymy monthly amounts from SSI/SSD are so low, not because I am disabled,but because I couldn’t work to pay into the system like the people whoreceive these benefits only when they reach retirement after a fulllife of paying in. Also did you know the government actually Penalizedpeople for getting married if you are both on disability? They treatyou as one person and give you one person’s pay! For love, and forspiritual reasons I decided that was a risk I would just have take.So, I married my love who happened to be on disability also anyway.Now I ask the members of the Government of the Great State ofColorado, if you had an adult child who was sick and suffering wouldyou leave them to languish in pain and poverty just because it was nolonger your legal responsibility? Of course you wouldn’t. You would dowhatever was in your power to make your child as comfortable aspossible.As an adult child, I now boldly but humbly step up to my adoptedparent, the Government of the State of Colorado, and ask, “GuardianColorado, do you it intend to focus on the dispensaries who are themoney in this discussion, or do you intend to focus on your citizenswhose LIVES are being saved by this plant? You discuss care giving somuch in this debate, but the treatment of patients on the part of manyin this debate has proven differently. I know you have hearts, pleaseuse them as you consider these policies. This shouldn’t be a partisanissue. This should be a people issue.Before I was placed on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry in June2009, I would have to visit a doctors office several times a month,sometimes several times a week, sometimes with several appointmentsbooked the same day with specialists and tests, painful and difficultphysical therapy that seemed to harm more than hurt, etc., and therewere to many trips to the emergency room to count.I went to the ER out of sheer desperation, I went just so I could getcomfortable enough to have a bit of sleep after a week or more oflingering in a painful place that seemed to be located in deep withinthe realm of a narcotic distorted pain haze, a no-where-land thatseemed to be somewhere between life and death. The doctors in theemergency room and elsewhere often treated me as though I was anaddict, and not a pain patient, AND I WAS MISERABLE!Since I was approved for the medical marijuana registry I haven’tneeded near the amount of services from the medicaid/medicare program.In fact, I’ve had to see a doctor twice since June 3, 2009 when thedoctor signed my forms.Once to have 14 teeth pulled, a little bit of dental work madenecessary by a combination of years of no dental benefits unless myteeth couldn’t be saved and needed to be pulled, being on narcoticsfor almost a decade, and dealing with severenausea/vomiting/malnutrition.