An ex-NOPD officer who became an advocate for marijuana after a work injury left him in chronic pain and addicted to opioids was recently profiled by the Advocate. Jerry Kaczmarek severely injured his shoulder when an armed robbery suspect slammed into his police cruiser. He had to retire early and was constantly taking pain medicine, which grew into an addiction. After moving with his family to Colorado and confrontation with his wife and son that changed him, he experimented with legal marijuana in Colorado and discovered that he could use it to treat bth his chronic pain and his withdrawal from opioids. Now, Kaczmarek is lobbying the Louisiana Legislature to get chronic pain added to the list of conditions that the Louisiana medical marijuana program will recognize.
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