Pubdate: Sun, 5 Dec 1999
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Bob Melamede


Editor -- The latest conviction of medical marijuana users Todd McCormick
and Peter McWilliams should serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. The
federal government has become so insane with power that serves
special-interest groups that they jail sick people who are trying to
preserve what health they have left. To coerce guilty pleas, by disallowing
a medical defense, in a state where citizens have voted for medical
marijuana is fascism.

Marijuana is a powerful immune modulator, pain and stress reliever, and
appetite stimulant. We, the people, cannot let our federal government deny
these scientifically proven facts while they destroy the Constitution and
destroy peoples' lives.

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vt.
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