Pubdate: Fri, 21 Nov 2008
Source: Tuscaloosa News, The (AL)
Copyright: 2008 The Tuscaloosa News
Author: Loretta Nall


Dear Editor: Michigan voters this month approved a measure that will protect
patients who use marijuana on the recommendation of a licensed physician.
Michigan thus became the 13th state in the U.S. to remove penalties for the
use of medical marijuana. Nearly 25 percent of all Americans live in a
medical-marijuana state. Marijuana is a safe, effective and inexpensive
therapeutic agent that eventually will be legal for patients throughout the
country to use.

The Alabama Compassionate Care Act has been tied up in legislative
committees for four years, despite polls that show 76 percent voter
approval. This bill would allow patients to use marijuana when a
licensed physician recommends it. Alabama patients would be issued
state ID cards so law-enforcement personnel could easily see they are
legal medical-marijuana users. The American College of Physicians, the
American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association,
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and many other professional
health-care organizations have endorsed medical marijuana.

Sadly, Alabama still arrests and prosecutes patients for using medical
marijuana. How long will it take Alabama to give her sick and dying
citizens the same rights that other Americans have? Are Alabama
patients less deserving of relief than the citizens of the 13 states
where medical marijuana is legal?

Please contact your representative in Montgomery and ask them to
support the Compassionate Care Act in the 2009 legislative session.

Loretta Nall

Executive director,

Alabamians for Compassionate Care

Alexander City
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