Pubdate: Mon, 16 May 2011
Source: Concord Monitor (NH)
Copyright: 2011 Monitor Publishing Company
Author: Sarah Levesque


If the definition of hypocrisy is saying one thing while doing
another, than the state Senate showed the epitome of hypocrisy when it
tabled House Bill 442, the medical marijuana bill.

With a super-majority of Republicans (19 out of 24 members), the
Senate should have had plenty of power to override a veto by Gov. John
Lynch. The Republican Party has repeatedly stated that President
Obama's health care package is unacceptable because it puts the
government between the doctor and the patient. This week, the Senate
chose to keep the government between the doctor and the patient, by
dropping the ball on the medical bill that would allow the doctors to
decide what medicine works best for their patients.

Senators should have at least had the decency to stand up for their
convictions and been held accountable, instead they cowered behind the
threat of Lynch's veto. By forcing people to choose between suffering
and breaking the law, you are promoting disrespect for the law and
those that enforce it.

Lynch and all the senators who voted to table this bill should be
ashamed of themselves.

Sarah Levesque

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