Pubdate: Wed, 01 Apr 2009
Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)
Copyright: 2009 Chicago Tribune Company
Author: Lucie Macfarlane


Neurofibromatosis is a horrible disease that causes  tumors to grow 
on nerve tissue. While this disease has  caused serious, irreparable 
damage to my body, the  myriad of drugs I have been prescribed have 
done their  fair share of harm as well. Why it is 
socially  acceptable for me to be prescribed Oxycontin, 
Methadone  and Valium, but not marijuana, is beyond 
comprehension.  Marijuana works for me when my pain is 
uncontrollable  and my other medications have failed. If the 
General  Assembly approves the medical marijuana bill that just 
passed committee - SB 1381 - I will be able to use  marijuana without 
having to worry about being arrested  for it.

Lucie Macfarlane,  Joliet
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