Pubdate: Thu, 19 Jun 2003
Source: Press and Journal, The (UK)
Copyright: 2003: Northcliffe Newspapers Group Ltd.
Author: Sean Baugh


"Suicide is not her answer" stated your Comment on June 13 on the plight of 
Biz Ivol, and you described her decision to end her life as an 
"extraordinary statement".

While we do not have any say in the matter of our conception and birth, we 
should all have the right to decide when, where and how we die, if we so 
wish, although the unforeseen circumstances of injury or illness often 
decide otherwise.

It is presumptuous and arrogant to suggest that this courageous and 
determined woman should continue to fight and draw attention to the plight 
of MS victims, when she is a victim not only of MS, but of the failure of 
legal and medical systems, and of society in general, to accept the fact 
that cannabis has a beneficial medicinal use and those who use it thus 
should not be treated as criminals.

Sean Baugh Graham Place Stromness
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