Cannabis Controversy | The Debate Over Medicinal Marijuana
CANMER, Ky. (WBKO) — Nichole Nimmo is a farmer, a grower, a producer and a lover of the land. In her greenhouse she tenderly cares for hydroponic lettuce and greens.
A college graduate with a chemistry degree, she’s also a baker, who has perfected recipes for gluten and dairy free baked goods.
In December of 2015, Nichole was caught growing a plant that landed her on the wrong side of the law…marijuana.
“Our home was raided. When you’ve never been involved with police, when someone knocks on your door at 9:00 p.m. you expect them to tell you you have a family member that is dead.”
In 2013 at 28 years old Nichole was diagnosed with mixed cellularity Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Two days after the biopsy I got a phone call at 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday. It was cancer.”
Fighting rheumatold arthritis since she was 13 years old, Nichole had taken numerous prescription drugs to manage pain, but cancer was a whole new ballgame.
“Because of how aggressive chemotherapy is, it was hell.”
To avoid side affects, Nichole chose a different approach to alleviate her pain.
“You take the pill, you somewhat have relief but you don’t have full relief. With cannabis, I was able to get full relief. My husband started growing it in order to avoid going to drug dealers’ homes and being around much worse than cannabis.”
After authorities were tipped off to Nichole’s marijuana grow, she and her husband spent 22 hours in jail, nine days of home incarceration and were slapped with a $10,000 fine.
“I was actually functioning at the best I had in my entire adult life while using cannabis. We weren’t hurting anybody. We were just the kings of our own castle until someone came in and told us we couldn’t be.”
It is stories like Nichole’s that have helped foster and shape the conversation about decriminalizing medicinal marijuana, now legal in 25 states.