San Diego Pot Expo Connects Patients With Providers

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SAN DIEGO — Alicia Tucker’s hand rested on her oxygen tank as she listened to a representative from Altai – a company that produces marijuana edibles – talk up a gourmet display of pot-infused bon bons at PotLuck, a medical cannabis expo.

Five years ago, Tucker, a 43-year-old Temecula resident, would have scoffed at the idea of using medical marijuana. But that was before her genetic lung condition progressed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which makes her breathing difficult. 

Her treatment originally included steroids, steroids and more steroids, she said. At one point, she was on 19 medications. Then a friend suggested she explore marijuana as an option. 

“I said, ‘No, I grew up around that, I don’t want any part of that,’ but they suggested I do my research, so I did,” Tucker said. “I talked with my husband, I talked with my family, I talked with my kids. …...

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