Pubdate: Thu, 12 Mar 2009
Source: Tuscaloosa News, The (AL)
Copyright: 2009 The Tuscaloosa News
Author: Don Seibold


Dear Editor: I respectfully request that your newspaper support HB434 
in the Alabama House of Representatives and any companion bill that 
is introduced in the Alabama Senate. This bill would change Alabama 
law to allow certain citizens described in the bill to use marijuana 
under the conditions prescribed in the bill to deal with their 
medical situations.

In 1970, after 16 plus years in the military, I was medically 
discharged because of a physical condition that rendered me 
physically unfit for further service to our country. Before then, I 
underwent two invasive surgeries to try to correct a condition in my 
lower spine, neither of which brought relief for the pain I suffered. 
So, for half or more of my life, I've lived with chronic pain which 
has gotten worse over time.

As a law abiding citizen I have never used marijuana, even though 
I've read and heard that using it might give me some relief. If HB434 
changes the law to make medical marijuana legal at least I will have 
the opportunity to legally use it to see if it will ease my pain as 
it reportedly has for so many other people around our nation.

Don Seibold

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