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1 US HI: Hawaii's Medical Marijuana ProgramTue, 30 Nov 2010
Source:Honolulu Magazine (HI) Author:Hill, Tiffany Area:Hawaii Lines:355 Added:11/20/2010

Hawaii's medical marijuana program has sparked fierce debate over the past decade. Some view it-and use it-as medicine, while others contend it is a dangerous drug, widely abused. How does the program work, and who is involved?

Teri Heede pulls out 25 orange, prescription pill bottles from a cloth bag hanging from the handles of her red motorized scooter. Then an inhaler, and, from another bag, empty cranberry juice jugs filled to the top with disposable interferon shots. This used to be Heede's life living with multiple sclerosis (MS)-pills in the morning, afternoon and evening. Pills to quell the side effects of her other pills. Shots Monday, Wednesday and Friday and frequent trips to the doctor. She's a 55-year-old retired computer engineer who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. She had grown accustomed to having no energy, being violently ill for weeks on end, and losing some of her motor skills. But 10 years ago, she quit the pills and shots and opted for something she says finally worked-medical marijuana.

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