Suffering from chronic pain since a car accident a few years back had left me unable to hold a job and enjoy life.  I was taking seven different prescription painkillers every day, all riddled with side effects.  My bowels stopped working for long periods of time, which led to even more pills and more problems.   After trying marijuana as a form of treatment, I cut my prescription needs in half almost instantly.  Now, a year later, I am off of all painkillers and only use marijuana.  I no longer have to sacrifice another problem in order to ease my pain.  The pain is gone and so are all of the side effects.  I am now a strong advocate for legalizing marijuana so that others can freely treat themselves without hassle or judgment.