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Providing social services to Texas medical marijuana patients

The Janice Michaels Foundation hopes to provide social services to Texas medical marijuana patients, services that are otherwise not available.

Facing ever rising healthcare costs combined with the need for patients to treat themselves with a plant that is still illegal in Texas, and things can at times start to look grim. Michael Barefoot, the Director of the Janice Michael’s Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, says that patients shouldn’t have to endure the financial hardships alone.

He envisions a healthcare system that treats medical cannabis just like any other medicine.

“The mission of Janice Michaels Foundation is to educate patients, caregivers, and providers in understanding the endocannabinoid system and its role in health care, develop resources to allow patients access to knowledgeable providers and other resources necessary for treatment, and set minimum acceptable safety and integrity standards for participation in Janice Michaels Foundation programs.”

The organization has helped with the expenses of many patients, including flying them to medical cannabis states to see specialists while providing a place to stay during that time.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

As a registered nurse, Barefoot has seen firsthand the struggles of patients, and is often dismayed at how the treatments crush the patients just as much as they crush their ailments.

“Sometimes I’ll come back to visit a patient, a child who has just been buried under the medicine,” he says “and I ask, is this the best we can do?”

His organization does not purchase medicine in order to avoid any issues with the law given that marijuana is still federally illegal, however they have recently gone so far as to purchase an urn for a patient who recently passed away. “Their loved ones are already experiencing hardship, and they shouldn’t have to face it alone.”

The organization has two primary contributors which help provide the funding needed to care for those in need, however Barefoot says that more people are needed in order to see that patients receive help and ensure the organization can keep running.

To find out more information about the Janice Michaels Foundation, you can visit their website here.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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