Pubdate: Thu, 18 Mar 2004
Source: Athens News, The (OH)
Copyright: 2004, Athens News
Author: Jim White


It's hard to believe it's been nearly two years since state Rep.
Kenneth Carano promised a group of medical cannabis patients that he
would introduce a compassionate-use bill in Ohio.

Though it's not uncommon for politicians to promise one thing and then
do absolutely nothing, generally people don't suffer too much when
that happens. But when the people are sick, and dying, and the only
relief they get is from an outlawed herbal medicine, waiting too long
can mean death, or worse than death, a living agonizing hell of
constant never-ending pain and suffering.

I guess that's the kind of stuff those college students and alumni
feel when they can't consume alcohol at or during sporting events.
Maybe that's why Mr. Carano snubbed Ohio patients -- again (that's
twice in two years, Mr. Carano) and introduced a bill to legalize
alcoholic tailgating parties, rather than keeping his word to a few
chronic and terminal patients.

If there's one thing you can't have in an election year, it's
suffering beer guzzlers on university property. Dying and suffering
patients, well, they're fewer and not quite as loud... If only booze
would help them, Kenneth Carano would be a hero today instead of being
a heel.

I guess it's a priority thing.

Jim White, Vice President

Ohio Patient Network