Marijuana Advocate Invited To Speak at Boston

Marijuana Advocate Invited To Speak at Boston
Posted by CN Staff on September 11, 2004 at 20:58:12 PT
News Story
Source: Burlington Post 
Medical marijuana crusader Alison Myrden plans to speak at an upcoming police conference in Boston -- if she's able to cross the border. The local resident and multiple sclerosis sufferer is an outspoken proponent of the legalization of pot. She is one of a small number of people in Canada who have the legal right to smoke the drug to help ease the pain of their disease.
Myrden has been invited to give her views at the 42nd Training Conference of the International Association of Women Police. The Sept. 12-16 gathering is organized by a group of current and former law enforcement members that call themselves Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Cannabis activist Myrden could encounter problems at the Canada-U.S. border. A press release discussing Myrden's planned trip to Boston states that she may be prevented from entering the U.S. While she has a valid Health Canada exemption to possess dried marijuana, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not recognize the medical certificates. Therefore, Myrden will likely have to go to America without her pot, suggested the press release. The former corrections officer and Children's Aid Society worker is adamant marijuana has helped control her excruciating pain and enabled her to walk again. "The U.S. Congress has declared that marijuana has no medicinal value. Of course in the past some U.S. states have tried to declare the mathematical constant pi equal to three. That doesn't make it the truth," Myrden said in the media release. "Drug czar John Walters may say that medical marijuana is a fraud but I would be confined to a wheelchair without it," she said of the director of the U.S.'s Office of National Drug Control Policy. "American leaders are isolated against patients as well as world opinion," added Myrden.Note: Burlington resident with multiple sclerosis asked to address International Association of Women Police.Complete Title: Legalized Marijuana Advocate Invited To Speak at Boston ConferenceSource: Burlington Post (CN ON)Published: September 10, 2004Copyright: 2004 Burlington PostContact: jdavis haltonsearch.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Mission -- Canada Archives
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