Pubdate: Tue, 21 Dec 2004
Source: Foster's Daily Democrat (NH)
Copyright: 2004 Geo. J. Foster Co.
Author: Stan White


To the editor:

As a Colorado citizen who voted for Amendment 20, allowing sick citizens 
cannabis, I support limiting government's ability to cage sick citizens for 
using cannabis. ("Marijuana: Medical hope or illegal drug?" Dec. 5, 2004).

Since Colorado enacted its initiative, rates of cannabis use have not
increased, and the sky hasn't fallen. Every state in recent memory
that's seen an initiative allowing medical use of cannabis passed it,
batting a thousand.

For perspective, imagine a family member with cancer being allowed to
self induce morphine every six minutes for pain, but be prohibited
from using cannabis to even see if it helps. That's the way I looked
at it when my son was dying with leukemia.

The government would like citizens to think cannabis is a weapon of
mass destruction. In reality, it's one of those seed-bearing plants
God created and said is good on literally the very first page of the

There are a lot of people that would also like to see clergy speak up
for Christ God our Father on this issue since Jesus Christ risked
going to jail to heal the sick.

Stan White,

Dillon, Colo.
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