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Woman says her medicine is being taken away with vaping ban

A Massachusetts woman says the statewide vaping ban will severely affect her ability to function.Felicia Sagner has had severe, debilitating pain and migraines since she was involved in a car crash four years ago.The wife and mother of two said the pain was so paralyzing, she was practically stuck on her couch for two years. She struggled to find a form of treatment that eased it until she tried vaping medical marijuana.”Things like CBD and THC, when used properly, can cure anything from a little sleeplessness to severe migraine pain,” Sagner said.”All of a sudden, I had my wife back — for the first time in two years,” said her husband, Daniel Sagner.When state officials banned all vaping products in Massachusetts on Tuesday, including THC, the Sagners stocked up. However, Felicia Sagner fears that her personal cure may vanish.”How dare you,” she said. “This was my medicine.”The temporary ban came after a growing number of mysterious illnesses in America, including 805 lung injuries and 12 deaths across 10 states, were linked to vaping. Health officials said 77% of those patients had vaped THC before they exhibited symptoms.The Massachusetts vaping ban is a tough outcome for those like Felicia Sagner who vape medical marijuana, but Gov. Charlie Baker believes the health risks associated with vaping are too high at this time to continue to allow it.He declared a public health emergency, which temporarily banned the sale of all vaping products in the state for the next four months.”In this particular case, until we know more about the short-term impact of vaping on certain people, I don’t consider it to be a safe alternative,” Baker said.Sagner, however, believes vaping is safer for her children when it comes to secondhand smoke and says vaping lets her control her dosage.”You get exactly what you need when you need it,” she said. “If you ingest an edible, it usually kind of hits you when you’re least expecting it.”Baker thinks four months is enough time for doctors to determine what’s making people sick, but Sagner hopes answers to the health crisis come sooner than that.”What he banned was the vape oil, which gave me the freedom to be a mother,” she said.

A Massachusetts woman says the statewide vaping ban will severely affect her ability to function.

Felicia Sagner has had severe, debilitating pain and migraines since she was involved in a car crash four years ago.

The wife and mother of two said the pain was so paralyzing, she was practically stuck on her couch for two years. She struggled to find a form of treatment that eased it until she tried vaping medical marijuana.

“Things like CBD and THC, when used properly, can cure anything from a little sleeplessness to severe migraine pain,” Sagner said.

“All of a sudden, I had my wife back — for the first time in two years,” said her husband, Daniel Sagner.

When state officials banned all vaping products in Massachusetts on Tuesday, including THC, the Sagners stocked up. However, Felicia Sagner fears that her personal cure may vanish.

“How dare you,” she said. “This was my medicine.”

The temporary ban came after a growing number of mysterious illnesses in America, including 805 lung injuries and 12 deaths across 10 states, were linked to vaping. Health officials said 77% of those patients had vaped THC before they exhibited symptoms.

The Massachusetts vaping ban is a tough outcome for those like Felicia Sagner who vape medical marijuana, but Gov. Charlie Baker believes the health risks associated with vaping are too high at this time to continue to allow it.

He declared a public health emergency, which temporarily banned the sale of all vaping products in the state for the next four months.

“In this particular case, until we know more about the short-term impact of vaping on certain people, I don’t consider it to be a safe alternative,” Baker said.

Sagner, however, believes vaping is safer for her children when it comes to secondhand smoke and says vaping lets her control her dosage.

“You get exactly what you need when you need it,” she said. “If you ingest an edible, it usually kind of hits you when you’re least expecting it.”

Baker thinks four months is enough time for doctors to determine what’s making people sick, but Sagner hopes answers to the health crisis come sooner than that.

“What he banned was the vape oil, which gave me the freedom to be a mother,” she said.

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