Pubdate: Thu, 05 Sep 2002
Source: Westender (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 WestEnder
Author: Andrea Nagy


I loved Brian Peterson's "Wishy-washy McLellan sets back medical marijuana 
cause" column (Aug. 29-Sept. 4 issue). Seriously ill patients who say 
marijuana is good medicine for them have wanted the testing that would 
prove them right for many years. Such testing has not been allowed.

Politicians who say that medical marijuana is a hoax have curiously never 
called for clinical testing that would prove that marijuana is not as 
effective as medicine. Why would they spend decades saying marijuana is not 
effective medicine when they could have called for clinical testing that 
would prove their point? Logic would say that they know they would end up 
proving the patients' claims instead.

This should be settled once and for all by doing the tests that would prove 
or disprove marijuana's medical efficacy. Dying citizens deserve no less, 
whether people are afraid of the truth about medical marijuana or not. The 
fact that it has gone on this long should be considered a national 

Andrea Nagy
Mendocino, CA