Trent Blood has ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and is a complete invalid. He cannot move anything. He has loss of appetite, severe pain, difficulty in swallowing, and loss of all bodily functions. Although he receives a wide spectrum of drugs, nothing helps his symptoms as much as cannabis. His life expectancy was five years. With cannabis, he has passed that mark.

Nurses in the hospital were sympathetic to Trent's need for cannabis. One nurse procured it for him, and would take him on the veranda and hold the joint for him before taking him to eat. Trent cannot sleep without cannabis.