Pubdate: Thu, 12 Aug 2010
Source: Daily Star, The (NY)
Copyright: 2010 The Daily Star
Author: Robert Sharpe


Regarding the July 31 Bruce Dunn op-ed: "Science supports medical

While there have been studies showing that marijuana can shrink
cancerous tumors, medical marijuana is essentially a palliative drug.
If a doctor recommends marijuana to a cancer patient undergoing
chemotherapy and it helps them feel better, then it's working. In the
end, medical marijuana is a quality-of-life decision best left to
patients and their doctors.

Drug warriors waging war on non-corporate drugs contend that organic
marijuana is not an effective health intervention. Their prescribed
intervention for medical marijuana patients is handcuffs, jail cells
and criminal records. This heavy-handed approach suggests that drug
warriors should not be dictating health care decisions. It's long past
time to let doctors decide what is right for their patients; sick
patients should not be jailed for daring to seek relief by way of marijuana.

Robert Sharpe

Arlington, Va.

Sharpe is a policy analyst for Common Sense for Drug Policy.
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