Pubdate: Tue, 23 Mar 1999
Date: 03/23/1999
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Author: Michael L. Stempel

Re "Pot Has Uses as Medicine, U.S. Panel Says," March

Now that the study of marijuana commissioned by Barry McCaffrey, our
own federal drug czar, is released, perhaps we can have an adult
dialogue about the medical applications of marijuana for people who
can benefit from its use. Since the report does indeed indicate it has
benefits for certain diseases, we should allow research to move
forward so that it can be applied in the proper cases in the most
effective way; not necessarily smoked. It is just a matter of
realizing the world will not go to hell in a handbasket if some truly
sick people get to use marijuana.

Michael L. Stempel
West Hollywood