Legalize Medical Marijuana 

  Legalize Medical Marijuana 

Posted by CN Staff on April 18, 2007 at 05:32:49 PT
Source: Chicago Sun-Times 

Illinois -- We've all seen the images and heard the testimony of ailing Americans who gain relief from their chronic pain or discomfort by smoking marijuana -- who, in fact, have no other remedy at their disposal. People can't help chuckling over pictures of grandmoms and granddads smoking a "j" -- Cheech and Chong they're not. But of course there's nothing funny about these sufferers' need for medical marijuana -- for marijuana that has been prescribed for them by a doctor -- or the federal government's unmerciful threat to prosecute users even in states where it is not against the law.
Since a 2006 Supreme Court ruling against people who use prescription pot, numerous states have passed bills protecting them from prosecution. In states that do allow it -- with New Mexico's recent passing of what Gov. Bill Richardson called "a humane piece of legislation," there are now 12 -- the federal government generally does not look to arrest anyone on an individual basis.Efforts to get such a bill through the Illinois General Assembly have been bumpy: one step forward and two steps back. But with the shift in power in Springfield and Majority Whip Sen. Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago) signed on as chief co-sponsor, there is optimism that a bill introduced by Sen. John Cullerton (D-Chicago) will be approved. We urge his colleagues to pass it. Far from opening the door to decriminalizing marijuana, the bill allows its use only by people afflicted with cancer, glaucoma, positive HIV status or hepatitis C or who are "diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition" accompanied by severe symptoms. The patient and one primary caregiver would be issued a registry identification card by the Department of Public Health to permit them to possess a limited amount of cannabis in plant or usable form, and to grow it in "an indoor locked facility." Only regulated nonprofit corporations could be licensed to grow marijuana. Would there be abuses of the system? Most likely. But tight controls will keep them to a minimum, and they are worth tolerating if it means all those suffering from glaucoma and MS will be able to reduce their pain, if cancer patients will be able to alleviate their nausea or vomiting, if AIDS patients will be able to regain their appetite. Medical marijuana is just that: medicine. Denying it to the sick borders on cruelty.This reflects the consensus of Sun-Times News Group newspapers.Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Published: April 18, 2007Copyright: 2007 The Sun-Times Co. Contact: letters Website: Related Articles: Yes To Medical Marijuana People Need Pot Use of Marijuana Should Be Legalized

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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 19, 2007 at 19:16:03 PT
Thank you for all you do.
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Comment #6 posted by whig on April 19, 2007 at 17:44:41 PT

I wish she would read it. Sometimes I think they have their fingers in their ears and they just go la-la-la-la.
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Comment #5 posted by Gary Storck on April 19, 2007 at 17:00:11 PT

this article was hand-delivered to Rep. Vukmir
Yesterday, accompanied by 9 supporters, I delivered a letter from Jacki Rickert to Rep. Leah Vukmir over her anti-mmj remarks from the April 10 WI State Journal article Accompanying Jacki's leter was this editorial, the ANA resolution, and a copy of a CBS News article about mice lung tumors and mj. Saw this article the morning of, and knew she needed to see it, if she'll only read it!Now, we'll see if she answers Jacki's questions....
Special delivery!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 19, 2007 at 13:28:02 PT

I keep looking for some news on how it went today. I expect to see at least an AP article soon.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 19, 2007 at 13:27:53 PT

This is a hopeful sign.
I can't believe I didn't notice it posted before. I go in through the comment door most of the time and don't always check the front page. 
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Comment #2 posted by whig on April 19, 2007 at 13:21:16 PT

"This reflects the consensus of Sun-Times News Group newspapers."
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 19, 2007 at 13:18:03 PT

Illinois Review on Illinois MMJ Bill
IL Senate To Vote on Legalizing Pot TodayThursday, April 19, 2007
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