By Norma Love
JIM COLE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Clayton Holton says his use of opiate painkillers is greatly reduced when he uses marijuana. He suffers from muscular dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair since he was 10.
At 27, Clayton Holton of Rochester is 5 feet 11 but weighs only 66 pounds.
Holton suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy that causes wasting syndrome and complete muscle loss. He has been in a wheelchair since he was 10. He struggles even to eat.
Six years ago, he ended up in a hospital and then a nursing home where he was given Oxycontin. Then friends helped him visit California, where medical use of marijuana is legal. He started using it for pain relief, and he gained 8 pounds.
Now, when he needs relief, he reaches for marijuana.