Mark Tucci was misdiagnoised in the early 1990's, then finally had his suspicions confirmed in 1996. After going through nearly every "dr. approved" treatment, drug, clinical trial and experimental therapy for his advanced progressive multiple sclerosis, Tucci started using cannabis as the main treatment for his pain, spasms, and general attitude, not simply for the side effects of the medications he was on.
By 2001 the result of not taking all the prescriptions and narcotics that were literally weakening his immune system, causing his disease to progress, and replacing many of those therapies with smoking cannabis aided his appetite, strengthened his spirit and his body, and over a few years has sharpened his mind. He attributes much of this gain to simply not being either "doped-up" or in pain all the time, thus, allowing the body to help heal itself.
Tucci has testified numerous times in front of various house and senate committees about "drug" issues and medical marijuana. He was appointed to the Vermont state task force that had been set up to study the reality of Vermont establishing a medical marijuana registry. He has helped reform groups such as the Marijuana Policy Project make television commercials, met with congressional staff on behalf of the Hinckley Amendment, and has written articles on failed "drug" policies. He is currently working to get new legislation introduced in the next legislative session to expand the present number of plants allowed for patients in Vermont and the addition of a wider proven list of diseases covered under current Vermont law. As of today, only patients who suffer with AIDS, Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis are eligible to apply for a growing license. Mark also wants to set up a system for patients to share information with each other.
Forced into "retirement" at age 39, this father of four, and grandfather of one, now almost 50, is by no means lying around the house waiting for his disease to overtake him smoking the "sticky-icky". He's an active member of his church, an involved parent in school matters, and tireless activist for harm reduction strategies and drug policy reform.