Pubdate: Wed, 28 Apr 2010
Source: Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA)
Copyright: 2010 Appeal-Democrat
Author: Margaret Norton


I do not understand why Sutter County's rejection of the medicinal 
marijuana identifications cards for medicinal users came as a 
surprise. Sutter County is known to be ultra-conservative. Years back 
Sutter County was one of the holdouts to accept food stamps instead 
of the commodity program.

My first experience and knowledge of the benefits of the medicinal 
use of marijuana was when I visited two of my dear friends who were 
receiving chemotherapy. They both were patients of Stanford 
University Hospital. The doctors at Stanford recommended the use of 
marijuana to lessen the side effects of chemo. It wasn't a cure but 
it had its benefits. The year was in the '60s and early '70s - over 
40 years ago. My friends: one was a CEO in one of the largest 
employers in the area, the other a prominent attorney. They were 
pillars of the community.

Issuing the medicinal marijuana cards would benefit law enforcement. 
The card would clearly set apart the illegal use of the cannabis and 
make it easier for law enforcement to carry out their duties to 
arrest those that are in violation of the laws. I also believe the 
legalization of the cannabis could eliminate the criminal element 
that currently is reaping in the profits.

Margaret Norton

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