Pubdate: Wed, 11 Jun 2003
Source: Waukesha Freeman (WI)
Copyright: 2003 The Waukesha Freeman
Contact: (262) 542-8259
Author: Gary Storck
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The Freeman editorial, "Bill missing death clause" (June 3), raised some 
good points regarding provisions of Assembly Bill 67 that would allow 
doctors to disregard patients' wishes and refuse to pull the plug on life 
support or decline to continue with nutrition and hydration, even if they 
have signed a do not resuscitate order.

While ailing Wisconsinites who have lost hope certainly deserve the option 
of choosing when to end their lives, the state Legislature could take 
another step that might help ease these patients' suffering before it gets 
to the point of having to consider pulling the plug, by passing a medical 
marijuana bill.

With polls finding that more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites support 
legalizing medical marijuana, along with state health associations like the 
Wisconsin Nurses Association, Wisconsin Public Health Association and the 
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Wisconsin legislators must give the 
issue of medicinal pot a fair hearing this session.

Gary Storck, Madison Received via e-mai
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