Pubdate: Mon, 26 Jul 2004
Source: Santa Maria Times (CA)
Copyright: 2004 Pulitzer Central Coast Newspapers
Author: Rick Tibben


Scott Allen presumes to speak for all patients when he stated that Marinol 
replaces smoked marijuana. Not so.

When my late partner was undergoing chemotherapy he was prescribed 
anti-nausea medication. He went into ana-phylatic shock three times. He was 
then given Marinol and had serious side effects. It is not the same as 
smoking marijuana.

I was livid when I found out he was smoking marijuana because I am very 
anti-drug. Being open-minded, I discovered that a couple of minutes of 
smoking marijuana was like a miracle. He lasted way longer than anyone 
expected and I attribute that to marijuana and its ability to calm nausea. 
How can you get well if you can't eat?

I just think how much longer my father would have lasted had we known the 
wonderful medicinal properties of marijuana.

Rick Tibben

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