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Life with Dignity?

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Earlier this month, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., reaffirmed that he would block attempts in the U.S. Senate to derail Oregonians' right to doctor-assisted suicide, the Death With Dignity law, saying the practice of medicine has historically been left to the states to regulate.

I think of another states' rights issue, and wonder if Oregon's medical-marijuana-using patients will ever get to enjoy "Life With Dignity." Or do we have to die before we get it?

Medical marijuana patients have had the legal right to grow and possess marijuana since 1998, but most patients do not (or cannot) grow their own and have no way to legally get their medicine.

Still, after eight years, there is no dispensary system in Oregon to allow patients access to the medicine we need.

This November, I hope we can elect compassionate leaders who will correct this problem, allow us access to our medicine in state-regulated dispensaries, and more important, provide us some "Life With Dignity."

Newshawk: Stoner4Life - 420Times.com
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Pubdate: Sun, 17 Sep 2006
Author: Jim Greig
Copyright: 2006 The Oregonian
Contact: letters@news.oregonian.com
Website: OregonLive.com
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