Mainers To Vote On Medical Marijuana On Tuesday 

Mainers To Vote On Medical Marijuana On Tuesday 
Posted by FoM on October 29, 1999 at 07:42:13 PT
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Source: NORML
Oct. 28, 1999, Augusta, ME: Maine voters will be deciding next Tuesday on ballot Question 2, which would allow patients to possess and use marijuana medically. 
Question 2 asks voters, "Do you want to allow patients with specific illnesses to grow and use small amounts of marijuana for treatment, as long as such use is approved by a doctor?" Question 2 would protect patients who have been diagnosed by a physician as suffering from: persistent nausea, vomiting, wasting syndrome or loss of appetite as a result of AIDS or chemotherapy for cancer, glaucoma, and seizures associated with a chronic, debilitating disease, such as multiple sclerosis.   Recent polls show 70 percent of Maine residents support Question 2. There is presently no active organized opposition. The Maine Medical Association does not support the proposal, but Mainers for Medical Rights, the group organizing Question 2 efforts, have over 175 health care professionals who support medical marijuana and they are using some of the MMA's dissenters in a television ad campaign.   The first commercial shows a Maine doctor in an office as he states, "If you're undergoing cancer chemotherapy, severe nausea and vomiting are common side effects and they often fail to respond to available medications. Fortunately there is a medicine that can help. It's marijuana." The second commercial features a nurse who cares for patients in the last stages of cancer. She states, "Marijuana could ease the suffering of some of them. I know it works, but today it's against the law."   For more information, please contact: Mainers for Medical Rights at (310) 394-2952.Mainers For Medical Rights's News Bulletin: Marijuana Retains Strong Support - 10/28/99 Marijuana Stance Has Sheriff Under Fire - 10/27/99 Backs Ballot Question To Legalize Some MJ - 10/21/99 Cannabis News NORML Archives:
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