DEL. Caretaker Delivers Marijuana Edibles to Patients Across State
Jessica Andreavich of Newark, who is known among friends as "Jekka," makes, specializes and delivers marijuana edibles to patients throughout the state who can't otherwise make it Wilmington regularly. Wilmington is home to the first and only marijuana compassion clinic in the state of Delaware.
WRDE rode along with Andreavich Sunday afternoon as she made home deliveries to three marijuana card holders in Sussex County. It was the first time she allowed cameras to follow her on home visits.
"We're on our way to Rehoboth, to the boardwalk, and we're going to meet with Todd Boone," said Jekka who typically is driven by her husband Dan while making the deliveries.
Throughout the day, WRDE's cameras followed Jekka to different locations in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach gathering insight as to why some patients are using marijuana as medicine and why they aren't always able to make the 1.5 - 2 hour trip up to Wilmington on a regular basis.
Mike Touhui of Lewes was one of Jekka's first stops Sunday.
"I've been on the transplant list for about three years and my nausea from my cirrhosis is what really affects me," said Touhui.
Touhui said he began smoking pot and eating edibles for nausea relief about six years ago.
"Just about anything you take pharmaceutical-wise is tearing up my liver more and more," Touhui said. "[I] got a 14-year old daughter. Got to last a little longer."
Andreavich is not a physician or a licensed prescriber of marijuana. As a full-time job, she works at a hospital doing administrative work. When not working at the hospital, Andreavich spends all of her free time concocting specialized blends of edibles for patients who have specific pain relief needs. Andreavich said she typically gets about three to fours hours of sleep each night in order to spend as much time perfecting batches of marijuana baked goods, candies and other forms of edible pot.
One patient Andreavich delivered to Sunday was Tom, who wished to remain anonymous due to the stigmas still associated with marijuana use for medicinal purposes. He suffers from chronic back pain brought on by a construction accident from more than 20 years ago.
"Pretty much takes most of my day to go up there," said Tom. "[I] do what I got to do and come back. It's like a work day for me."
Another of Jekka's clients, Todd Boone, has been a vocal activist for bringing more marijuana compassion care centers to Sussex County to accommodate those who cannot afford or don't have the means to travel to Wilmington.
Boone said he's spent thousands traveling to the Wilmington clinic since it opened last June.
"A little over $13,000 with gas, tolls and buying my medicine," said Boone as he broke down the staggering amount of money that goes into the logistics for simply trying to get relief for his chronic health problems brought on by a motorcycle accident.
"$3,000 of it was in gas, $512 was in tolls, the rest was in my medicine," said Boone.
Andreavich is fully aware she's straddling the fence of legality - delivering marijuana products not available at a legal clinic to ailing cardholders. She also knows she could be arrested and face steep consequences if ever caught, even prison.
"I want better access to the most non-toxic drug we have available here in Delaware. I want it available mor more people. I want people to have a safer option, because medicines are dangerous. And I just want people to know that this can help them."¬