An Idaho cannabis activist is scheduled to appear in the state district court on Thursday for oral arguments in her appeal of three marijuana possession convictions. Serra Frank, a medical marijuana patient from Boise, is fighting to have her convictions overturned on the basis of medical necessity.
Frank has a serious bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis, which causes severe and chronic pain for her. She described in an interview with High Times the effect that the condition has on her health.
“My bladder doesn’t expand properly,” Frank said. “When a [healthy] bladder fills up, it expands like a balloon. Mine doesn’t. Instead, it stiffens and cracks and bleeds, kind of like an inner tube that’s been left out in the sun.”
Interstitial cystitis affects some patients so severely and for so long it is classified as a disability by the Social Security Administration and can have a devastating impact on those who live with the disease.
“The quality of life for people with my condition is so severe that we are three to four times more likely to commit suicide because of the chronic pain,” said Frank. “We’ve lost a lot of people that way.”
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