Pubdate: Thu, 27 Jul 2006
Source: Billings Outpost, The (MT)
Copyright: 2006 The Billings Outpost
Author: Gary Storck


Thanks for recognizing Wisconsin congressman David Obey for sticking
up for medical marijuana patients in a recent debate in your column,
"Here's how Democrats can win in November" (July 20).

Unfortunately, according to the roll call, there are only 18
Republicans who, as you noted of Rep. Obey, speak like true
Republicans on this issue. It was interesting to hear one of them,
amendment cosponsor Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a former aide to
President Reagan, share how not only did fellow Reagan aide Lyn
Nofziger's daughter utilize cannabis fighting the cancer that
eventually took her life, but that Nofziger himself used it to help
manage his final illness.

Recent polling in New Jersey by the Drug Policy Alliance that found 86
percent support for state legislation also confirmed voters are more
likely to support candidates who support medical marijuana.

If Democrats can exploit this "compassion gap," and field candidates
who agree with most Americans that medical marijuana should be legal,
it could likely provide the margin of victory they need to take back
Congress this fall.

Gary Storck

Madison NORML

Madison, Wis.
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