Pubdate: 3 Mar 1999
Source: Bangor Daily News (ME)
Copyright: 1999, Bangor Daily News Inc.
Author: Patricia Tribelli


I came from another state to care for my ill sister-in-law in October. She
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I have watched her die an inch at a

The medications prescribed for the nausea do not work, but marijuana does.
The medical community knows this, but they realize this is a hot-potato issue.

There is a marijuana pill, but it is not as effective as smoking. I have
never tried pot and my sister-in-law is in her mid-70s, but after watching
her retch more than 30 times, I felt it was time for her to try it, and it

For the moralists out there, I suggest you see what an end-stage cancer
patient has to endure. I have worked in the health field and have seen
first-hand the beneficial effects of marijuana for certain conditions. I
implore you: Before you naysay, become informed.

I am told the legalization of marijuana for medical conditions is going to
be on the Maine ballot in November. Please vote yes. Help legalize
something that will bring relief from the constant nausea and vomiting.

Patricia Tribelli

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