Lee Bernstein believes medicinal marijuana saved his life. “I’m not saying I would necessarily be dead, but I would not be living,” he says. He has battled anxiety and depression for all of his adult life, and he sunk so low at one point he underwent electroconvulsive therapy, a controversial treatment he believes caused him more harm than good. He rattles off a long list of anti-depressants that he’s been prescribed through the years.
He said carefully cultivated medicinal cannabis has helped him enormously. “Having access to cannabis helps me get out of bed in the morning and live my life,” he said. “I can smile and reach out to people.” Bernstein is a musician and photographer.
“Without marijuana, I would not be able to pick up my camera. Before I was not interested in things,” he says. The science of medicinal marijuana and depressive disorders is far from clear. Nonetheless, Lee says he’s thankful for legalized medicinal cannabis and he believe the plant has helped him. “To just drive up to a medicinal marijuana dispensary; I never thought that would happen in my lifetime.”