Three months ago, an unidentified Pennsylvania man's story about breaking the law to use medical marijuana went viral. Now, that man has come forward to share his identity, to give an update on his health and to deliver a message to lawmakers.
According to ABC27, Randal Ray Robertson, 56, was given nine to 11 months to live after being diagnosed last year with a rare bile duct cancer which spread to his lungs and liver. For the past five months, Robertson has been treating his cancer with chemotherapy and medical marijuana.
“Our last scan about two months ago was fantastic,” he said. “All the tumors in my lungs were gone and all the tumors in my liver had shrunk or resolved, which is unheard of almost, I guess, in this particular disease.”
Robertson's most recent CAT scan showed even more healing—his lungs were still clear and the small tumors in his liver had resolved even more. He's crediting these results to a medical marijuana oil that was made in his kitchen, as well as vaporizing medicinal pot.
“There was no denying at that point that this was not normal and this was not just the chemotherapy,” Robertson said. “I am convinced I wouldn’t be here without it. The chemotherapy was extremely difficult to get through and the cannabis really made that a lot more tolerable for me.”
"We could have gone to jail when we were actually using it. I mean, we were in jeopardy, but we had such amazing results that we had to step out,” his wife Molly Robertson said. "If you can’t eat, you can’t heal. If you can’t sleep, you can’t heal. If you can’t digest your food properly, you can’t heal. Pharmaceutical medications are designed to shut your system down, that’s what they do, marijuana does not do that."
Watch the video below to learn more about the family's harrowing tale and how they're hoping Robertson's story will persuade lawmakers to vote on Senate Bill 3, which would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Currently, marijuana possession is classified as a misdemeanor in the Keystone State, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine if caught with more than 30 grams of the herb (30 grams or less can land you up to 30 days in jail and/or a $500 fine). Manufacturing hash or concentrates is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to a $15,000 fine.
(Photo Courtesy of Fusion.net)