Pubdate: Wed, 08 Nov 2006
Source: Excalibur (CN ON Edu)
Copyright: 2006 Excalibur
Author:  Alison Myrden


Re:  "Smoking Pot on Campus", News, Nov. 1, 2006

I applaud Professor MacLean's ability to distinguish for the general 
public medicine from social inebriant when utilizing and coming out 
publically about his prescription for medical marijuana at York 
University recently.

As a retired law enforcement officer who also carries a license to 
smoke, possess and grow my own cannabis, I, too, have great 
difficulty with the general public thinking that I am choosing to use 
this plant for fun rather than therapy, when I am not in my wheelchair.

When people are stricken with debilitating illnesses such as 
arthritis and multiple sclerosis (from which I suffer), we are given 
little if any hope of full, or even positive, recovery from our 
medical troubles.

Cannabis had been found over 5,000 years ago to alleviate illness 
without serious side effects for such illnesses as arthritis, 
epilepsy and tic douloureux, (an excruciating facial pain I am also 
stricken with 24 hours a day and have been for the past 12 years), 
with no end in site for relief for those of us suffering if cannabis 
isn't part of our medical regime.

Please regulate and legalize all drugs so that the sick and dying 
people don't have to go to the street to fill their prescriptions any longer.

Our lives depend on it.

Alison Myrden
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