Pubdate: Thu, 30 Sep 1999
Date: 09/30/1999
Source: Bangor Daily News (ME)
Author: Craig Brown
Note: Mr. Brown is Campaign manager for Mainers for Medical Rights
Related: Mainers for Medical Rights has a website at

Your Sept. 22 article, "Poll shows support for medical marijuana"
contains factual errors which must be corrected.

The article said The Maine Medical Association last week voted to
oppose the referendum because it was so vague and the ballot question
asks if voters support the use of marijuana to treat specific
illnesses without defining what those illnesses are.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The fact is the Maine Medical Marijuana initiative is very specific in
listing the diseases covered. The act specifically lists the following
medical conditions as the only conditions covered by the act:

1. Persistent nausea, vomiting, wasting syndrome of loss of appetite
as a result of: acquired immune deficiency syndrome or the treatment
thereof; or chemotherapy or radiation therapy used to treat cancer;

2. Heightened intraocular pressure as a result of glaucoma;

3. Seizures associated with a chronic, debilitating disease, such as
epilepsy; or

4. Persistent muscle spasms associated with chronic, debilitating
disease, such as multiple sclerosis.

The list may be broader than the Maine Medical Association supports,
but it is not vague.

In fact, the reason the secretary of state certified the specific
illnesses language for the ballot question was because there is a
limited list of conditions clearly laid out in the act.

It is important for your readers to know that the Medical Marijuana
Act is very specific and that each of the specific conditions has
reasonable basis behind it. And that no one with one of the specific
conditions qualifies un-less their doctor agrees it is a reasonable
treatment option. The full text of the act can be read at our Web

Craig Brown Campaign manager, Mainers for Medical Rights Portland