Marijuana relief for a cancer patient, just a 3,000-mile hop from home


Jeffrey W. Kennedy of Boynton Beach, 55 years old, visits Covelo, Calif. three to four times a year to trim marijuana buds for a grower there. His work gains him access to marijuana-based medications that he uses to alleviate pain from neuropathy [ain in his legs and in hopes of curing his bone cancer. The marijuana grows tall in outdoor farm in Covelo, California. (Photo provided by Jeffrey Kennedy)

Every few months, cancer patient and Boynton Beach resident Jeffrey Kennedy flies to Northern California — not for treatment, but to get medical-grade marijuana.
There, the 55-year-old helps out on a marijuana farm in Mendocino County, trimming plants and doing other odd jobs.
In return, he receives pot to alleviate neuropathic pain in his legs and a highly concentrated marijuana extract he hopes will cure his bone cancer.
“It is sad I have to get on a plane and travel 3,000 miles to get my medicine,” he said. “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”
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