Pubdate: Tue, 24 Sep 2002
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Santa Cruz Sentinel
Author: Sven Davis


Wednesday's editorial asked, "Should Santa Cruz be known for being the 
medical-marijuana capitol of the world?"

Marijuana works for certain health problems when no other medicine does. 
Sick people take marijuana to alleviate pain, or to make it possible to 
hold down food and water. Many of them are fine upstanding citizens who go 
to great lengths to keep their pot use secret from the world, even their 
families. They understand that they will be judge harshly by their peers 
and by the federal government. They read comments like the one attributed 
to City Council candidate Phil Baer saying "I think it would be noble of 
them if they felt the pain a little bit and did something for the higher good."

Easy for him to say.

The medicine cabinets of seriously ill patients are often cluttered with 
enough dope to make Godzilla do the Charleston. Shelves sag with all manner 
of opiates, narcotics, anti-depressants and pain killers. They don't need 
pot to get high, they need it to feel well enough to function.

Giving sick people what they need is simple compassion. Isn't that worth 
being known for? I say print up the T-shirts.


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