Pubdate: Sun, 31 Mar 2002
Source: Denver Post (CO)
Copyright: 2002 The Denver Post Corp
Author: Kristin Oechslin
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Amendment 20 (CO))
Bookmark: (Ballot Initiatives)


We already know that Coloradans overwhelmingly support the right of 
seriously ill people to use marijuana for medical purposes, but a recent 
poll shows that support has grown since Colorado's medical marijuana 
initiative passed in 2000.

According to the poll, administered to more than 1,000 adults by the Lucas 
Organization, 76.9 percent of Colorado voters "strongly support" or 
"somewhat support" the state law allowing seriously ill patients to use and 
grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. 
This is a big jump over the 54 percent of voters who supported the 
initiative in 2000.

An initiative to enhance distribution of medical marijuana to the seriously 
ill could be on the ballot in 2004. Coloradans have already provided legal 
protection to people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and 
other terrible illnesses. Making sure sick people can easily get their 
medicine is the logical next step.


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