Pubdate: Sat, 19 Jun 1999
Source: Seattle Times (WA)
Copyright: 1999 The Seattle Times Company
Author:  Tony Smith


I am writing to you hopefully to educate, and maybe even gain more
medical-marijuana supporters.

I am extremely upset with people classifying marijuana as a "drug."
Marijuana is a "plant" that many people, like myself, use as a highly
effective medicine. I have not been diagnosed with cancer, AIDS or any
physical disease. I have been diagnosed bipolar (manic-depressive).

I have been treated with a variety of different pills, but none has
had the effect on my disease that cannabis has had. I believe
marijuana is a miracle plant and that God saw that and placed it on
this Earth. Otherwise, why would this plant be here if it was so bad?

I would like to ask one closing favor from anyone who is willing to
make a change to just take a few seconds to open your mind; give us a
chance to make a difference. How can millions of hippies around the
world be wrong?

Tony Smith, 

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