Pubdate: Sat, 02 Apr 2011
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2011 Chico Enterprise-Record
Author: Don McCrea-Hendrick


I am a 69-year-old male with chronic nausea and chronic pain. I play
golf as a distraction. I must take three to four puffs of marijuana to
reduce the constant nausea in order to even play golf. I smoke away
from other players in order to avoid secondhand smoke or smell
interfering with them. I was under the wrong assumption that we in
California have become compassionate enough to support people who
struggle with age-related chronic disabilities.

People I've played golf with in blind-draw tournaments have complained
to management about my smoking marijuana on the golf course and
management has verbally informed me that it is illegal for me to smoke
even medical marijuana on the golf course. Discussions between
management, golfers and employees of the club have violated my right
to medical privacy. It appears to me that management's instructions
are a violation of the American with Disabilities Act.

As a layman, I would sure like to know what steps I might take to
protect my rights. Life is difficult enough without fighting
unnecessary battles, but "I would rather die strong than live weak,"
so I battle on.

Don McCrea-Hendrick

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