When retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido met Mike Harryman, a fellow veteran injured in combat, one thing was obvious, he said: Doctors had given him too many pills.
“We got him on the medical marijuana — I will tell you his life has improved; he looks better,” Pulido said.
The two were given the chance to share their stories with lawmakers in an interim House study Tuesday requested by Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow.
Pulido, an Edmond resident and founder of Warriors for Freedom Foundation in Oklahoma, said that initially he wasn’t an advocate of medical marijuana but saw firsthand the negative effects of the alternative.
“When I was on those (opioid and nerve) medications, I was blurry. I was not myself. My body chemistry was off,” he said. That made him seek out “other therapeutic processes.”
Pulido said he has tried cannabis but is glad he doesn’t need to use medical marijuana daily.
Harryman spoke of his experience after the injury that resulted in his fourth Purple Heart.