Pubdate: Fri, 03 Jun 2005
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Author: Mark Russell
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


As the co-ordinator of the Mid -Island Compassion Club I watch events 
closely as they relate to patient access to medical marijuana, otherwise 
known as medicinal cannabis.

I've noticed the alarming frequency with which patients have had to defend 
their choice of pain relief medications.

These are people who suffer through the nausea and vomiting caused by the 
agonizing pain that doesn't go away, brought on by whatever disease that 
afflicts them.

They are not potheads, period!

Not only do they suffer from their various symptoms, they also are forced 
to suffer the indignity of explaining to everyone over and over that it's 
not about getting high.

It's not about smoking doobies or burning joints, it's only about medicine.

Doctors were told by the college of physicians not to discuss marijuana 
with their patients, but thank God some of them didn't listen to their orders.

I always smile when a club member says their doctor wrote them a 
prescription for medical cannabis.

I applaud those medical professionals who can see beyond the reefer madness 
mentality of the past.

The Canadian government hasn't gotten the message yet though.

Patients in our country are still suffering the long delays and red tape 
that Health Canada heaps upon them in order to get legal medicine.

It's little wonder compassion clubs exist today.

Mark Russell, Co-ordinator, MICC, Parksville
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