Marijuana is Needed by Seriously Ill Patients

 Marijuana is Needed by Seriously Ill Patients
Posted by CN Staff on July 07, 2008 at 19:03:04 PT
By Gregory Carter and Allison Bigelow
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer 
Washington, DC -- The federal government is waging war on some of our most vulnerable citizens, who Washington voters have acted to protect. Soon, our congressional representatives will have the chance to stand up for those people -- seriously ill patients who need medical marijuana.This is an issue we both know personally. One of us is a physician and researcher specializing in rehabilitation medicine and neuromuscular diseases such as ALS ("Lou Gehrig's disease").
The other is a cancer survivor who got through the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy with the help of marijuana, and who has again found relief with marijuana from the chronic pain caused by injuries in a car accident.We have seen that medical marijuana safely helps some patients who get no relief from conventional medications. Washington voters did the right thing when we passed our medical marijuana law a decade ago. A dozen states now have similar laws, and none have been repealed.Meanwhile, medical community support continues to solidify. New studies have documented marijuana's ability to relieve nerve pain caused by HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. In February, the American College of Physicians -- representing 124,000 oncologists, neurologists and other doctors of internal medicine -- released a position paper declaring that the scientific evidence "supports the use of medical marijuana in certain conditions."The ACP specifically called on the federal government to reclassify marijuana to permit medical use, but our government simply refuses. Federal officials have arrested patients and caregivers who were following state medical marijuana laws, and could make more such arrests any time.That's why Congress must act.In its 2005 case, Gonzales v. Raich, the U.S. Supreme Court punted the issue to Congress. The court declined to change the status quo, under which patients protected by state law can still face federal prosecution. But Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority, went out of his way to note that patients Angel Raich and Diane Monson had made "strong arguments that they will suffer irreparable harm, because, despite a congressional finding to the contrary, marijuana does have valid therapeutic purposes." He pointedly expressing hope that Raich, Monson and their supporters "may one day be heard in the halls of Congress."That chance will come this month. Snipped   Complete Article: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)Author: Gregory Carter and Allison Bigelow, Guest ColumnistsPublished: July 7, 2008Copyright: 2008 Seattle Post-IntelligencerContact: editpage seattlepi.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #7 posted by Storm Crow on July 09, 2008 at 16:22:51 PT
The poll....
Is just under 80% "Yes cannabis should be legalized"17% say "No" and 3% aren't sure. Can we get it up to 99%?
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on July 09, 2008 at 10:16:40 PT
Thank you. I have the article posted now.
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on July 09, 2008 at 09:44:46 PT
please vote, not a good article:Anti-pot activist angles for 'no' vote
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on July 09, 2008 at 07:34:57 PT:
Lives in the balance!
Jackson Browne:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on July 08, 2008 at 13:50:59 PT
News Article From
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 08, 2008 at 07:01:07 PT
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 08, 2008 at 05:33:03 PT
WA: News Article From The Olympian 
Center in Olympia To Educate on Medicinal Marijuana LawJuly 08, 2008 URL:
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