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April 22,00
Letter To The Editor
By Lynn Harichy
Source: London Press
Last weekend was the Super Cities Walk for MS, and I wish to thank the MS Society for finally looking at the issue of the medical use of marijuana.
Sometimes I need to use this plant and I try to hide it to respect other people's right to not have to breathe it.
The MS Society's decision makes me feel better about being around people. I've been really avoiding some people by staying home. I'm embarrassed when children tell my kids, "Your mom's cool," and my kids are embarrassed, too. My daughter and stepson at first were embarrassed because everyone just assumed we were all potheads.
Most of us do not have understanding doctors who can assist in getting us exemptions through Section 56. Even those getting exemptions must grow for themselves or wait till it can be made synthetically so it can be profited from by more important people, like pharmaceutical companies. The government makes it hard for anyone who uses marijuana medicinally by charging anyone who helps the exempted.
Not even all enforcement officers feel we are all the same. Some are trying to understand and some do understand, but they are forced by law to show zero tolerance, no matter what.
If people want to understand the medical uses of marijuana, one would expect they could go to their doctors for information. Until recently, that information was illegal to possess, and even today much is being hidden. Hopefully, now we will start hearing the facts and, in 20 years, we will begin to get the results of studies and our laws will be changed.
Lynn Harichy
Published: April 22, 2000
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