Pain Management

Cancer patient Tim Thomason didn't think he could feel any worse. His Denver jailers showed that he could.

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, spokeswoman for Mayor John Hickenlooper, says the city is reviewing jail operations as part of its preparation for the Democratic convention. No decision has been made yet about opening a temporary pre-arraignment facility to provide additional capacity, but Lent says city officials intend to have "adequate resources" in place to address medical care and efficiently process those arrested.

Asked about current release procedures, Lent provided excerpts from the policy manual. As in the response to the ACLU lawsuit, the documents were so heavily redacted that key passages were incomprehensible. "The (deleted) will then escort the prisoner to the (deleted) on the (deleted)."

Settlement discussions between the city and Thomason's lawyers continue. "I'm impressed that the city appears to recognize the seriousness of what happened here," attorney John Holland says. "Manager of Safety [Al] LaCabe assured us that he wanted to learn and would learn from this case."

Mark Manger
Judy Largo has moved to Denver to care for her son.
Mark Manger
Judy Largo has moved to Denver to care for her son.

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Medical Marijuana for Wellness

1240 S. Parker Road
Denver, CO 80231

Category: Marijuana - Medical

Region: Southeast Denver

In the twenty months since his arrest, Thomason estimates that he's spent less than a dozen nights sleeping at his own apartment. Instead, he's stayed with friends or his mother, who relocated to Denver to help take care of him. He finally moved out of the place last June. Cleveland's alleged statement about knowing where he lives still haunts him, he says, and he still has nightmares about being deprived of his medication.

"I feel like I deserve — not an explanation, because there is no explanation for it," he says. "But I feel someone from the city should stand up and say, 'We were wrong.'"

At this point, one of his goals is to put an end to the city's ban on pain medications for prisoners who need them. "I don't want anybody else to go through what I went through," he says. "I want the policy to be changed."

Thomason says he no longer keeps marijuana plants and no longer smokes anything. He is going through yet another series of chemotherapy sessions and trying to get his body in shape for a possible stem-cell transplant procedure. It's been five years since his diagnosis, and he has no time now for anything but hope.

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