Pubdate: Mon, 14 Oct 2002
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Author: Jim Maas


The Journal Sentinel said in an editorial, "Cannabis relieves both pain and 
nausea" ("When it's OK to inhale," Oct. 5). Cannabis is a positive term to 
refer to a proven homeopathic remedy that has been used for centuries. 
"Medical marijuana" may be too emotionally associated with the recreational 
aspect for some, despite the adjective "medical".

Most Wisconsinites favor allowing sick people to use cannabis. "If Congress 
lacks the gumption to pass such a law, the federal government at least 
ought to stay out of the way of states doing the right thing," the 
editorial said.

Sadly, most politicians aren't known for gumption these days. In the last 
session of the Wisconsin Assembly, for example, there was a bill that would 
have done "the right thing," but it was sidetracked in committee and 
allowed to die. It's time for Wisconsin to catch up to other states that 
have attempted to correct collateral damage from the drug war by allowing 
doctors to care for the sick with a simple herbal remedy.

Voters, let's ask candidates soliciting our votes what they will do to 
correct the unjust and expensive mandates imposed on us by Washington.

Jim Maas, Stevens Point
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