Minister Bill Davis Speaks on the
Decriminalization of Medical Marijuana
On Tuesday, Bill Davis, a local minister who has been battling a terminal illness, spoke to a small group in Spartanburg, SC, about medical marijuana and how it has impacted his life. Davis was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in April of last year, meaning that his lungs were gradually losing function as they hardened from unknown consequences. At the time of his diagnosis, Davis was told that he had three months to live. Unwilling to accept his impending death and believing that he still had a purpose in life, Davis began to take medicines prescribed by his doctor to fight his illness. The medicine proved ineffective and, by September of 2015, Davis was on a cocktail of various pills that were all being taken in vain. His organs began to severely malfunction, his day-to-day functions were no longer possible, and he was sure that he’d be dead by the end of the year.
In a last ditch effort, Davis turned to the only option left: marijuana. Unable to smoke due to the conditions of his lungs, Davis first experimented with CBD oil, which is a legal marijuana derivative. The benefits were limited, so Davis decided that he needed to go beyond legal options and consume the other major chemical in marijuana, THC. To ingest it without smoking, Davis used a sophisticated medical grade vaporizer so that he could breathe it in without stressing his lungs.
After approximately five weeks, Davis was able to stop taking the prescribed medications for his condition. “They were astounded,” Davis says of the doctor who examined his lungs.
“She actually told me ‘If you’re alive,
I would like you to come back in six weeks.’”