Pubdate: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 Source: Plain Dealer, The (OH) Copyright: 2003 The Plain Dealer Contact: http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/342 Author: Jim White, http://www.mapinc.org/writers/Jim+White Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n1008/a10.html Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/people/Kucinich KUCINICH IS BRAVE TO BACK MEDICAL MARIJUANA Treating medical patients with the disrespect evident in the recent story by Mark Naymik ("Kucinich's campaign picks up steam - or is that smoke?" July 2) is abhorrent. There are patients who use cannabis as medicine because it is the only available remedy that helps them cope with the intractable pain and suffering caused by cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and numerous other diseases and afflictions. Eighty percent of Ohioans support a patient's right to utilize marijuana as a form of treatment when deemed necessary by his or her physician, and for The Plain Dealer to display such disregard for the health of these patients in exchange for a few tired, worn out puns is disgraceful. Any candidate for public office who is willing to publicly state what so many Americans think privately is to be applauded. Patients have enough to worry about with the Bush administration's propensity to concentrate intensely on arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating medical marijuana patients for the crime of seeking relief, to also have to deal with shoddy pseudo-journalism. Ohioans who believe as Rep. Dennis Kucinich does should call their legislators and ask them to support a patient's right to access a safe and effective medicine, and The Plain Dealer should present an unbiased and scientifically accurate report on a remarkable plant called cannabis. Jim White Columbus White is vice president of the Ohio Patient Network.