Pubdate: Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Source: Seattle Times (WA)
Copyright: 2005 The Seattle Times Company
Author: Drury May


Inhibitions Distorted

I was very disappointed to read "Court OKs prosecution for medical use of 
pot" [page one, June 7, and see "Ruling doesn't affect state's law on 
medical use of pot," News, June 7]. It's a cruel decision. Why deprive sick 
individuals of relief when they have found an herbal remedy that works? 
They aren't "partying," they just want to feel like staying alive, have the 
desire to eat, not throw up, decrease anxiety .. the basic quality-of-life 

When other prescription drugs don't work, why should a successful 
alternative be wrong?

I know that many sick individuals who need marijuana to counter the effects 
of their diseases will still be able to obtain it through compassionate 
family and friends, but my heart goes out to the sick individuals who are 
isolated and won't have access to relief now that their doctors' hands have 
been tied. I hope they can somehow find a way to reach out and ask for 
help, now that our government has turned its back on their suffering.

What the Supreme Court decided was shameful.

Drury May, Seattle