Pubdate: Thu, 14 Jan 2010
Source: Capital Times, The  (WI)
Copyright: 2010 The Capital Times
Author: Erik Nielsen


Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Jay Selthofner's letter calling
for approval of medical marijuana with a few words of my own.

I would like to thank Rep. Mark Pocan and Sen. Jon Erpenbach for
having the courage to stand up and do what is right by introducing the
Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act.

I would also like to thank the American Nurses Association, the
Wisconsin Nurses Association, the American and Wisconsin Public Health
Associations, the American College of Physicians, the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society and the American Academy of HIV Medicine, just to
name a few, for supporting the use of therapeutic cannabis.

Poll after poll has shown that the people of Wisconsin are in favor of
legalizing medical cannabis. It is time that our legislators listen to
the people and legalize it.

All of the 13 states that have legalized the use of medical cannabis
have passed it overwhelmingly. It is Wisconsin's turn to pass it and
allow the sick and hurting people of this state the opportunity to use
this all-natural nontoxic medicine and not have to worry about being
treated like a criminal.

"This bill, this time." - Jacki Rickert

Erik Nielsen

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