Pubdate: Wed, 25 Apr 2007
Source: Tuscaloosa News, The (AL)
Copyright: 2007 The Tuscaloosa News
Author: Dawn Palmer


Dear Editor: A bill called the Compassionate Care Act will be presented
to the House during this legislative session. It is a bill that would
make it possible for medical marijuana to be recommended by a physician
to his patients without prosecution of either party. Doesn't this seem
insane that we have to get politicians to tell us what medicine a doctor
thinks we should take?

For just a moment, let's put aside all the propaganda about marijuana
and look at it for what it is. It is a plant that can be used for
medicine. Yes, it does have side effects just as any other medicine
does. Yes, it can cause dizziness and dry mouth. Are these not the
same side effects we read about on all medications? Some medicines
have a whole page dedicated just to its side effects.

Twelve states have seen through all the propaganda and have instead
taken a compassionate approach by letting their doctors and their
patients decide what medicine is best for them. I hope that Alabama
will have that same compassion for his fellow man. Let your
legislators know that a sick person shouldn't go to jail just because
of his medicine.

Dawn Palmer

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