From the incessant pangs in her pelvis to the stabbing sensation she feels when she eats, Jacqueline Eno knows pain. It started with a series of surgeries to remove a cantaloupe-sized abscess from her pelvis in May 2015.
The pain never left.
Eno, 51, of North Swanzey, used opioids for about two years before she tried medical marijuana last April. Marijuana, she found, eased her nausea and took the edge off the pain. Best of all, it came without the “itchy, nervous, grungy, zombie-like feeling” she got from opioids, Eno wrote in an email.
New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law, which has been in effect since 2013, legalized the use of cannabis for a limited number of medical conditions and with strict permitting. Eno received her permit because she also has glaucoma — increased pressure in the eyes, which can lead to blindness.
David Hudgik, 23, uses medical marijuana for muscle spasms associated with paralysis. The Keene resident, who lost use of his arms and legs after a trampoline accident when he was 16, said he used muscle relaxants before, but they made him groggy. Marijuana eases the cramps with no additional side effects, he said.
Eno and Hudgik are among the nearly 400 residents of Cheshire and Sullivan counties who acquired cannabis under New Hampshire’s program in 2017, according to state data. With no approved dispensaries in either county, Eno, Hudgik and others must travel far to buy medical marijuana. A bill that recently passed the N.H. Senate could shorten their travel times by adding a dispensary in Cheshire or Sullivan counties.
If enacted, Senate Bill 388 would also add another dispensary in Carroll, Coos or Grafton county. The Senate bill does not specify