Jeremy Robbins met with DOPE Magazine outside the 2018 Cannabis Science Conference to discuss his early involvement in medical cannabis, as well as the work still needed to be done to expand access to necessary medications.
Robbins grew up as an athlete, and didn’t consume cannabis until he was 20. During all his active years, he only broke one bone in his life: his neck. Twice. First, Robbins survived a severe car crash when he was 18. He believes that accident pre-disposed him to further injury. Later, a bicycle accident in 1999 left him without the use of his arms and legs, which is how he first came to consume medicinal cannabis.
Between 1999 and 2001, Robbins ingested 15 different pills three times a day — he maintained this daily total of 45 pills for months. According to Robbins, he was so medicated that he didn’t feel alive. A conversation with his doctor about cannabis led to a recommendation that he enter Oregon’s medical cannabis program.
“Robbins and a close group of medical card holders are advocating for increased access to concentrates in Washington and Oregon.”
Robbins says he got lucky when a neighbor became his grower — access to safe medication is still a difficult prospect for a lot of people, but finding a reliable grower was an even taller order. Today, Robbins and a close group of medical card holders are advocating for increased access to concentrates in Washington and Oregon through Cannabis Patients PNW.
Robbins wants medical cardholders to be able to have flower processed into various concentrates without the high commitment involved — including intense metric costs and tracking — either by allowing cardholders to legally process flower themselves or allowing processors to donate their time and expertise in order to give back to the community. According to Robbins, the entire medical community will benefit from safer access to concentrated medications for those who can’t smoke flower.
We wish him luck in his fight for easy and safe access to medical concentrates!