Pubdate: Sat, 03 May 2003
Source: Marshfield News-Herald, The (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
Author: Gary Storck


Editor: Regarding Ann Ruesch's letter saluting nurses and a week set aside 
to honor them, National Nurses Week celebrated May 6-12 (Marshfield 
News-Herald, May 1), I would like to take a moment to offer my thanks and 
appreciation to the nursing profession and state nurses organizations.

In 1999, the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) passed a resolution 
supporting giving patients legal access to medical marijuana and urging, 
"the Governor of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Legislature to move 
expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legally prescribed medicine 
where shown to be safe and effective." When Wisconsin lawmakers introduced 
a medical marijuana bill in late 2001, the WNA issued a press release 
stating "It is the position of the WNA that advocacy for this issue needs 
to occur, and that it is difficult for RN's to remain silent while 
seriously ill patients are denied access to an effective medical treatment."

The WNA is not alone in their support for medical cannabis.The Nurses 
Organizations of California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, 
North Carolina, Virginia and the National Nurses Society on Addictions are 
all listed on the group, Patients Out Of Time's list of "Organizations in 
Support of Therapeutic Cannabis" at

Thank you nurses, for having the courage and integrity to stand up for 
what's best for your patients. Now only if state lawmakers could 
demonstrate the same integrity by passing a medical marijuana bill this 

Gary Storck

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