Pubdate: Tue, 17 Mar 2009
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2009 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Don Seibold


I respectfully request that The Star support HB434 in the Alabama 
House of Representatives and any companion bill that is introduced in 
the Alabama Senate. This bill would allow certain residents described 
in the bill to use marijuana under the conditions prescribed to deal 
with their medical situations.

In 1970, after 16-plus years in the military, I was medically 
discharged because of a condition that rendered me physically unfit 
for further service to our country. Before then, I underwent two 
surgeries to try to correct a condition in my lower spine, neither of 
which brought relief for the pain. 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 and see if it will ease my pain as 
it reportedly has for many other people.

Don Seibold
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