Pubdate: Sun, 26 Sep 2010
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2010 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Alison Myrden
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Re "Pot biz no gamble" (Sept. 19):

Kudos to the Toronto Sun. I couldn't agree more with Alan Shanoff on
whether our Canadian government should legalize and regulate cannabis,
the same way it has online gambling. As a retired Law Enforcement
Officer and Speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, I have
been trying to convince law makers around the world of the necessity
to legalize and regulate all drugs for almost two decades.

I received my first "prescription" for medical cannabis in 1994 for
the indication of chronic progressive multiple sclerosis and a violent
pain in my face and head 24 hours a day associated with MS, called tic
douloureux - "the worst pain known to medicine." My life has changed
dramatically for the better in the last two decades, all thanks to
limiting and reducing my prescription medication and consuming large
amounts of cannabis in various forms from food to drink to smoking -
all day every day.

A lot of people across Canada suffering from everything from epileptic
seizures, to chronic pain, to mood disorders are tired of being sent to
the street to "fill their prescription" for medical cannabis by our 
federal government. Something has to change.

Most of these people have no Compassion Clubs close to them and, like
me, find the single strain of cannabis the government offers is too
low quality to be able to sustain and maintain relief for our terrible
health conditions. Canadians must look seriously into this issue as so
many of our loved ones will continue to suffer without proper, legally
controlled access to this incredibly versatile plant. Legalize and
regulate all drugs today. The harder the drug - the more it needs to
be off the streets and away from our children.

Alison Myrden

Federal Medical Marijuana Exemptee in Canada

The Medical Marijuana Mission

(Good argument)
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