Pubdate: Fri, 20 Sep 2002
Source: Wausau Daily Herald (WI)
Copyright: 2002 Wausau Daily Herald
Author: Roger A. Kennedy


Editor: In these rapidly changing times, with all the dangers that face our 
children, we are constantly enacting new drug laws to provide our law 
enforcement officials with the tools necessary to secure our communities 
and protect our youth.

While no one wants to see a child fall prey to drugs, we all too often 
completely overlook the rights and medical needs of a vast number of 
Americans who are being denied the medication necessary to live a normal 
healthy and productive life.

In Wisconsin law, there are provisions for those who fall prey to 
addiction, but none for those who find it necessary to use medications not 
yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Although this oversight 
is receiving a great deal of attention, the wheels of justice turn slowly.

There is currently some very important health care legislation being 
discussed in Congress, and your support is needed. Write a letter to your 
congressman asking him to support H.R. 2592, the States' Rights to Medical 
Marijuana Act.

Until the time comes when medical needs are properly addressed through 
legislation, we can send a clear message to our legal representatives when 
called to jury duty that we will not support convictions of people using 
marijuana for legitimate medical purposes.

Roger A. Kennedy, Merrill
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