Pubdate: Sat, 07 Feb 2015
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2015 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Patrick Abad


After the narrow defeat of Amendment 2 in last year's election, 
supporters of legalizing medical marijuana are mounting another bid 
to have the Florida State Legislature consider legalizing marijuana 
for patients suffering from chronic or terminal diseases. Republican 
state Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg has filed SB 528, which is 
a more clearly defined and not-so-broad proposal to legalized 
controlled medical marijuana use.

I have seen the deterioration of a person's body, mind and soul from 
ALS. Many individuals receiving chemotherapy report that they suffer 
less from nausea after using marijuana. Terminally ill patients in 
pain just want their remaining days to be pain free and to transition 
with dignity and peace. The Charlotte's Web law is a good step in the 
right direction, yet it has not been implemented because of the 
bickering by our legislators over its control and use. Meanwhile our 
friends and loved ones continue to suffer.

I encourage supporters to write your state and congressional 
lawmakers and ask them to stop dragging their feet.

Patrick Abad, Plantation
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