Pubdate: Sun, 22 Mar 2009
Source: Anniston Star (AL)
Copyright: 2009 Consolidated Publishing
Author: Dustin Matthew Green


I support HB434, the state-level legalization of medical marijuana in 
Alabama. As a healthy young man, I will not be affected by this bill, 
but as an American I believe in the American dream, which is, of 
course, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

A 2004 poll administered by the Mobile Register/University of South 
Alabama found that 76 percent of Alabamians support allowing access 
to medical marijuana as recommended by a physician. Why is it that 
patients in Alabama are routinely forced to go into the black market, 
risking life, freedom and occupation in order to better their quality 
of life? Why is it that patients are regularly arrested and 
imprisoned, when the majority of Alabamians support medical marijuana?

It's time for my fellow Alabamians to stand up and make an active 
effort in order to improve the quality of living for our sick. It's 
time to stand up and remind our legislators that they represent the 
people of this great state. It's time to be the change we wish to see 
in the world. It's time for us to make our voice heard.

I urge you to show compassion for the sick, contact your 
representative and tell them to support HB434.

Dustin Matthew Green

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