Pubdate: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 Source: Kamloops Daily News (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Kamloops Daily News Contact: http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/679 Author: Russell Barth Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n483/a09.html?1205 WHY DEPRIVE THOSE IN NEED OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA? John Noakes said that he has had surgeries to deal with Crohn's disease. The irony being that if he had used cannabis to treat his Crohn's -- like many other people do -- he might not even need the surgeries. I know one guy who smokes a tiny little bit of pot a day, and he says "it is like my Crohn's is gone." But without that little tiny bit of pot, he said it feels like he has a gut full of broken glass. Should he be deprived of this life-saving medicine, and be forced into surgery and pharmaceutical use, simply because podunk nincompoops like the editors of this piece of kennel-liner that calls itself a newspaper think that "drugs are bad"? Many Canadians think so. I use 10 grams a day to combat my PTSD and fibromyalgia. I haven't felt this good in 20 years, and exhibit no outward signs of intoxication. In fact, I am confident that I could pass any roadside sobriety test, even after smoking five joints in an hour. Should I be deprived of my medicine simply because podunk nincompoops who can't use Google are "afraid" of people being "stoned" in public? Should I be forced back into my wheelchair and a life of impotence and dependence, simply because Stephen Harper disapproves of "sixties drug culture"? RUSSELL BARTH Educators For Sensible Drug Policy Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.