Pubdate: Sat, 11 Aug 2001
Source: National Post (Canada)
Copyright: 2001 Southam Inc.
Author:  Ray Aldridge
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


I was disappointed in the column by Dr. David Gratzer (Health Care 
Battle Much Ado about Nothing, Aug. 8) , who characterized the recent 
change in the legal status of medical marijuana as "irrelevant." Dr. 
Gratzer offers a superficial analysis of the state of medical 
research as justification for this conclusion. He thereby misses the 
point completely. It doesn't matter whether or not marijuana is 
really helpful to seriously ill patients.

They believe that it is. It is barbaric to treat these people as criminals.

Canada has my deepest admiration. What you have done is sensible, 
compassionate, and just.

Ray Aldridge, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
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