Pubdate: Mon, 29 Apr 2002
Source: Burlington Free Press (VT)
Copyright: 2002 Burlington Free Press
Author: Steve Merrill


Am I the only one who sees the absurdity in the testimony of the Vermont 
Senate medical marijuana hearings and the FDA giving the go-ahead for BoTox 
injections in the same week?

One doctor testifies to the panel that he thinks pot should only be 
permitted for terminally ill patients. I guess only the dying should 
benefit, but not the living, as the side effects just might be too much fun 
for the sick but not terminal folks. Another says that currently available 
anti-emetics can do the job. I have tried almost all of them and doctor, 
they don't work.

So maybe if marijuana were a deadly poison that vain, aging baby boomers 
could inject into their skulls to remove a few wrinkles every six months, 
it would garner FDA approval, too.

P.S. -- Has anyone in the Senate thought to call or e-mail their fellow 
legislators in Maine or Oregon or California to see how they shaped their 
laws to dance around the federal statutes and still help the sick?

Steve Merrill

North Troy
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