WHEN THE CASE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA HITS HOME

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Pubdate: Sun, 23 Jul 2000
Source: Orange County Register (CA)
Copyright: 2000 The Orange County Register
Contact: letters@link.freedom.com
Address: P.O. Box 11626, Santa Ana, CA 92711
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Author: Fred Herman
Note: Published as the weekly Golden Pen Award

WHEN THE CASE FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA HITS HOME

I've been following the marijuana vs. Marinol letters debate in this section recently.
Unmentioned so far is Marinol's cost.

In 1993 my mother's oncologist prescribed Marinol as a last-ditch attempt to stop her
vomiting caused by breast cancer chemotherapy.

The prescription was for a small bottle of 100 capsules. At the pharmacy the pharmacist
asked me, "How do you intend to pay for this?"

I responded, "With a check, of course. Why do you ask?"

He replied, "Because this little bottle of pills will cost you six hundred dollars, that's why."

I purchased twenty capsules. They had no effect.

Mom continued round-the-clock vomiting. Her oncologist prescribed compazine and
thorazine suppositories.

The vomiting continued unabated.

In desperation I contacted one of those "underground" groups that provided marijuana to the
terminally ill. And thank God, it worked.

It makes me giggle, reading the protests against using marijuana to halt the effects of
chemotherapy. My bet is that should cancer strike the protester's family he'll hotfoot it to the
nearest pot dealer ASAP.

One's viewpoint changes when it's your wife, daughter, mother, etc. who's suffering.

Laws mean nothing then.

Fred Herman, Santa Ana

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