Pubdate: Fri, 31 Jan 2003
Source: Wausau Daily Herald (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Wausau Daily Herald
Author: James Reinke


EDITOR: I am replying to the letter from Dr. Vinoo Cameron that was 
published Jan. 15.

The doctor states: "As a physician, like many physicians I have talked to, 
I feel that, all in all, this substance may have some very limited use in 
conditions such as glaucoma but only under controlled circumstances and 
with a doctor's prescription." This is in fact what the medicinal marijuana 
movement is asking for from our government. That the right to use this 
medicine should be between an individual and his or her physician. The 
doctor acknowledges that cannabis does have uses, however limited, and that 
is the bottom line.

Our government provides cannabis to seven patients in the federal program. 
Yet they insist it has no use for the thousands of people who could benefit 
under controlled circumstances or prescription.

The wrong message to children is that a doctor would deny his patients an 
alternative that may work better to relieve any ill symptom than the 
medicine they are being provided.

It is good to know the doctors are talking about it. They should speak out 
and take action so they can practice medicine with more options for our 
sick and dying loved ones.

James Reinke, Madison
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