Pubdate: Fri, 03 Feb 2006
Source: Eagle-Tribune, The (MA)
Copyright: 2006 The Eagle-Tribune
Author: Bruce Mirken, Director of Communications,  Marijuana Policy Project
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


To the editor:

The Eagle-Tribune's editorial, "Pot bill needs careful review," of Jan. 12
ignored the growing evidence of marijuana's medical benefits.

A brief filed in the U.S Supreme Court by a group of medical experts,
including the Lymphoma Foundation of America and the HIV Medicine
Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, stated,
"Marijuana has therapeutic properties not replicated by other
currently available medications. ... For certain persons, the medical
use of marijuana can literally mean the difference between life and
death." While it would be ideal to have medical marijuana distributed
through pharmacies, federal law, still stuck in the 1930s, makes that
impossible at present. However, the experience of the 10 states that
had medical marijuana  laws prior to this year shows that allowing
patients to grow their own medical marijuana has produced remarkably
few law enforcement problems.

Indeed,  marijuana use by young people in states with medical
marijuana laws has declined  across the board since those laws were

It is simply beyond dispute that some patients with cancer, AIDS,
multiple sclerosis and other terrible illnesses benefit from marijuana
when conventional medicines fail. To continue to deny them relief or
threaten them with jail for  simply trying to live without constant pain and
nausea is unconscionable.

Bruce Mirken Director of Communications

Marijuana Policy Project

Washington, D.C.
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