Woman arrested over fibromyalgia treatment

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Amanda Gould has struggled with fibromyalgia for years, and it is not the only chronic health problem she faces every day. She also has Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease and other disorders. Gould turned to a treatment that is considered illegal in the state of Florida to help her deal with the chronic pain.

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Amanda Gould’s ongoing health problems have driven her to consider suicide at several points during her life. Although she has the support of her husband and family, the chronic pain from fibromyalgia and other conditions have made her life miserable. Gould admits to using medical marijuana to ease her pain, and she understands she violated the terms of her probation for a separate DUI incident by turning to this type of treatment. However, she explains that traditional medications have not been able to help her, so she desperately turned to an alternative.

Gould was arrested for testing positive on a drug test administered due to her probation after a DUI incident. She spent two months in jail, but a judge granted her request to be released on probation again. This time, she faces the more serious community control probation that will restrict her movements. Nevertheless, she says she is simply grateful to be able to return home after spending time in the Pasco County jail.

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Amanda Gould has spent time in hospice in the past as her health vacillated. She claims medical marijuana was one of the few options that provided her with the ability to control her chronic pain. However, it is illegal in Florida, and the judge has warned her not to repeat the same mistake. The 36-year-old has not revealed any plans to move to a state that allows for the use of medical marijuana, but she has several options.

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Comments

I find it a true shame that Florida's fouled up laws make what would have passed anywhere else fail here. I too am a Fibromyalgia and Arthritis sufferer and marijuana has prevented me from having to live like a zombie on pharmaceuticals. I can control my dosing and use only what I need to control pain rather than be over medicated at I often was with the morphine.
What a ridiculous waste of time and taxpayer money. I have ME/CFS, RA and a host of other crap just like most of you reading this. I use MM when I get the onset of a migraine and it goes away! I've spend exactly 50 years battling migraine and finally there is something that works. It will be legal in my state this Spring and my doctor can't wait to put me on it! I really feel bad for Amanda -- that was just not fair.