Pubdate: Thu, 15 Nov 2001
Source: Oregonian, The (OR)
Copyright: 2001 The Oregonian
Author: Rachel Rose
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


A lot has been said by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and other elected officials 
about the right of Oregonians to determine how they die. I would like to 
see them be just as compassionate about how Oregonians live.

Just as the assisted-suicide initiative was passed by Oregon voters, so was 
the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. But I don't see our elected officials 
lining up to protect the rights of Oregonians to the medicine many have 
found to be best for their particular conditions.

So I guess if I have terminal cancer and want to end my pain by ending my 
life, it will be OK with many elected officials, but if I want to treat my 
pain and nausea with marijuana, my rights can be ignored by many of the 
same officials.

Rachel Rose

Northeast Portland
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