Pubdate: Sat, 21 Jan 2012
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2012 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Coleen Cole


In the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature, Rep. K.L. Brown 
of Jacksonville will introduce the Alabama Medical Marijuana 
Patients' Rights Act, which, if passed, would make the medicinal use 
of marijuana legal in Alabama.

I believe marijuana is a better solution for chronic-pain patients 
than the traditionally prescribed drugs. Too many times, doctors 
prescribe Loritab, Percocet, Valium and Oxycotin for pain. Most of 
these drugs are addictive and contain acetaminophen. People on these 
drugs can become dependent on them, and the acetaminophen can cause 
deterioration of the kidneys -- not to mention that all these drugs 
have to go through the liver. Remember that some of these patients 
take these drugs for many years.

Please write your legislator about this issue. If you knew someone or 
had a loved one who had to take these other drugs, you would agree 
with me. Also, please talk to your local power players, such as city 
and county elected officials and your pastor -- the people who have 
influence within a legislator's district.

This is a valuable piece of legislation that would ease the pain and 
suffering of thousands of Alabama patients, but it will only be 
successful if people like you take the time to care.

Coleen Cole

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