“Your tumor is here,” his doctor told him while pointing at an x-ray of his head. “You’re going to die.”
Rodgers was given 18 months to live. Surgeons were able to remove about 80 percent of the tumor in 2007 and told him it probably would come back. They also put him on a chemotherapy regimen, which was when he “got involved in cannabis.” He’d tried it a few times in his late teens and early 20s, but this experience was different.
“I took two puffs, and it was incredible,” he says. “It made me feel well.”
Marijuana keeps Craig Rodgers alive. With his muscular physique and energetic, fast-talking personality, the 36-year-old Las Vegas resident seems the epitome of health — except for the banana-size scar on the left side of his head.