Pubdate: Sat, 14 Aug 2010
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2010 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Ron Crumpton


The question that Alabamians must ask themselves, with the current 
trend tending toward legalization of medical marijuana, is it fair to 
deny patients the medicine that they need and should have every right to use?

Once again, the Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Act will be 
presented to the Alabama House of Representatives for its approval in 
the next session. The bill would allow the use of medical marijuana in Alabama.

The MPCCA passed both house judiciary and rules sub-committees before 
Alabama Compassionate Care and the bill's sponsor Patricia Todd 
agreed to remove the bill and work out some of the problems 
legislators had before going forward.

In the next session, the MPCCA will again make its way through the 
state Legislature. This would be the first time in the Deep South 
that patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, 
chronic pain and other ailments would be able to use a medicine that 
many researchers and doctors agree is the best thing for them.

Marijuana is not the substance that it was portrayed to be by Reefer 
Madness and other propaganda. It is simple: No other drug treats as 
large of a variety of illnesses. So, why are we still punishing patients?

Ronald Crumpton

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