Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 2009
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2009 Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Bruce Codere
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor, headline by newshawk.


Marilyn Holsten of Vancouver died of a heart attack earlier in August.
She was nearly blind, diabetic, a double amputee. She was a burden.
She was taboo. She died because of bureaucratic idiocy and contempt.
Marilyn used cannabis to control her pain. Her medical condition
caused the pain, but government made it terminal: her last year on
Earth was a living hell because of our irrational legal relationship
with cannabis. Marilyn was a Federal exemptee, legally allowed to
consume cannabis. But the rules that govern cannabis are a fraud, and
so is the government that made and maintains those rules, so she
couldn't legally use cannabis in her own apartment where she had lived
for a decade. Some people came to Marilyn's aid and I applaud them,
but as a society we treated her like table scraps and that is a disgrace.

Bruce Codere

(Pot politics drag on.) 
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