Pubdate: Tue, 24 Mar 2009
Source: Tuscaloosa News, The (AL)
Copyright: 2009 The Tuscaloosa News
Author: Loretta Nall


Dear Editor: Bravo to letter writer Don Seibold for speaking out as a 
supporter of HB434. We can only hope our elected officials will 
demonstrate the same courage and vote 'Yes' when this bill comes before them.

In years past when this bill has come before the Judiciary Committee
one of the arguments against it has been that if we protect Alabama
patients and physicians by passing this law the feds will swoop down
on Alabama. However, on Feb. 25 during a press conference, U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department will no
longer conduct medical marijuana raids in states that have passed
medical marijuana laws. So, that is one less excuse the judiciary
committee will have this year.

Here's a few more tired, senseless excuses that we need to

Excuse: They can use Marinol, which is synthetic THC, the active 
ingredient in marijuana.

Truth: Most people can't use Marinol because it's expensive and not 
covered by insurance.

Excuse: Marijuana is a gateway drug.

Truth: There have been no reports from states that have passed 
medical marijuana laws of terminally ill patients moving on to heroin 
and home invasions because they used medical marijuana.

HB434 protects patients who need marijuana for medical reasons. We
cannot justify imprisoning people with chronic pain and terminal
illness for trying to get relief from a natural plant. Please contact
the members of the house judiciary committee and your own
representative in Montgomery and ask them to vote 'Yes' on HB434.

Loretta Nall

Alexander City
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