Worried by widespread shortages of products at Illinois cannabis stores, medical marijuana patient David Kurfman took matters into his own hands. He started growing his own.
Having suffered from epilepsy most of his life, Kurfman uses medical cannabis to control his seizures without debilitating prescription drugs. But like many medical patients, Kurfman can’t take just any cannabis. He says he needs oils containing CBD, the cannabis component that prevents seizures, in a 2-to-1 ratio with THC, the part that gets users high.
Under the new state law, medical marijuana patients may grow up to five plants each at home. Kurfman said he spent $5,000 to build a deluxe grow room in the basement of his downstate home, outfitting it with lights, fans and separate compartments. He now tends a small garden of thriving, 3-foot high plants.
“There’s a statewide shortage of all products, and patients are suffering from that,” Kurfman said. “I hope to transition to growing my own medicine.”
Kurfman is part of a community of medical cannabis users who have started making their own medicine in response to the shortages. They’re part of a small but decades-old underground movement of home growers that is coming out of the shadows now that it’s been legalized in Illinois. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]