Darren White, former two-term Sheriff in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, has opened up about his personal medical marijuana relations. The ex-sheriff has become a CEO and security director for one of the medical marijuana producers in the state, and he is also a patient. He converted to medical marijuana two years ago for chronic pain stemming from knee and back injuries.
White said during an interview that “a steady diet of consuming painkillers is not quality of life. The narcotic painkillers, they knock you out.”
White is an investor in PurLife, Albuquerque Journal reports. PurLife has one of the 12 originally approved medical marijuana business licenses in New Mexico. The state has since increased the legal number of approved medical marijuana producers to 35.
“When you suffer from chronic pain, there’s nothing you can do about it. Mine over the years had gotten progressively worse,” said White. He started using medical marijuana and found it to be “a very effective alternative.” Once opposed to medical marijuana entirely, he now says, “Like a lot of things, I was wrong about it.”