Jose Gonzalez was working at Rikers Island as an electrician in 2008 when a transformer exploded.
Gonzalez was badly burned and suffered nerve damage. In the years since, he had endured constant, excruciating pain.
That changed after his pain doctor prescribed medical marijuana in November.
Gonzalez, who lives in rural Barryville in western Sullivan County, has since made two long drives to Ulster County, to the only dispensary in the region that can sell the drug.