Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jun 2005
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
Copyright: 2005 Richmond Newspapers Inc.
Author: Maureen Torney
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)
Note: Printed as seen on website


Editor, Times-Dispatch: Kathleen Parker and William Buckley certainly make 
strange bedfellows. Her straight-from-the-hip, net-it-out style is 
certainly in sharp contrast to the florid (dare I say verbose?) prose of 
?ber-intellectual Buckley, but psychic soulmates they are.

Both agree that the medically controlled use of marijuana for the 
terminally ill is reasonable and just, but here comes the spin. Buckley 
doesn't view the Supreme Court's ruling as a violation of states' rights 
["With Medical Marijuana Ruling, the Ball Is in Congress' Court . . . "]. 
He also suggests with a wink that we treat the medical marijuana law as we 
did the anti-sodomy laws (don't repeal, but don't enforce). He also seems 
to have faith that Congress will have the clarity and strength to change 
the law.

Ms. Parker's take is succinct, and rightfully pessimistic [" . . . As 
Supremes Get Tough With the Terminally Ill"]. States' rights were 
overturned, and don't hold your breath (no pun intended) for Congress to 
reach a consensus and act accordingly. But the distilled opinion from both 
is the same, and it is one that I share.

As a mother of teenagers, and as a pharmaceutical salesperson, I think it 
seems like common sense. Advocating the use of controlled substances 
(whether morphine or marijuana) for recreational use is unwise. Denying 
legal and therapeutic use to terminally ill patients is unethical. As my 
father-in-law is fond of saying, the problem with common sense is, it's not 
too common.

Maureen Torney

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