ABC Action News reported the controversy surrounding a nursing home’s refusal to provide certain medicine to one of their residents. Zephyrhills Health and Rehab Center, which is operated by Adventist Health System, refuses to allow Charlotte Simpson pain relief by refusing to allow her to have the medical marijuana she has a legal prescription to take. Simpson is confined to a wheelchair and suffers Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis and other ailments.
“You should see the condition she’s in. It’s horrible,” said Bert Greene, describing his mother Charlotte Simpson. “She’s got uncontrollably shaking, excruciating pain.”
Greene said after medical marijuana became legal in Florida, a doctor prescribed it for his mother and she applied for a compassionate use permit.
“When she was finally approved, and the medicine was delivered, they gave it to me and told me I had to take it home with me,” Greene said.