Pubdate: Wed, 17 Nov 2004
Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Copyright: 2004 The Daily Herald Company
Author: Bruce Mirken
Cited: Drug Enforcement Administration ( )
Bookmark: (Ashcroft, John)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


Seriously ill patients across America are celebrating the
resignation of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Under his supervision, the Drug Enforcement Administration
conducted a cruel and pointless war against patients with cancer,
AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other terrible illnesses who found relief
from medical marijuana when conventional medicines failed.

It made no difference to Ashcroft that these patients were
obeying the laws of their states, or that their use of medical
marijuana was with the recommendation and guidance of their physicians.

During one particularly gruesome raid in September 2002, five
DEA agents pointed automatic rifles at the head of a paralyzed woman,
Suzanne Pfeil, then handcuffed her while they proceeded to ransack the
medical marijuana co-op where she is a patient.

The departure of Ashcroft gives President Bush an opportunity
to reconsider this war on medical marijuana patients - a war that has
been rejected again and again by voters, most recently in Montana.
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