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Patients, families, friends encouraged by early results from medical marijuana

Whether it’s friends or family, people describe the changes they’ve seen in Jess Blake in almost the same words: They’ve got her back.

“Having her back after seeing her completely disappear is a great thing,” Blake’s friend Lisa McKhann said last week.

“It’s great to have her back,” agreed Blake’s father, Rick Blake of Grand Rapids, in a separate interview.

Jess Blake, now 40, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in September 2014 after she collapsed at Esko High School, where she taught geography and history to seventh- and eighth-graders.

By last spring, Blake — described by McKhann as energetic and independent — had lost her ability to make appointments, to drive, to buy groceries, to tell or understand jokes, to read, to write or to follow the plots of movies, McKhann said.

To read more: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/health/3926453-patients-families-friends-encouraged-early-results-medical-marijuana

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