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Ryan Denham 
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Campaign Director at Arkansans for Compassionate Care. www.arcompassion.org

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Re: “Medical marijuana campaign underway

@John A Arkansawyer: John, I'm assuming that you've never actually spoken with a medical marijuana patient. Is that correct?

The American Nurses Association, The American College of Physcians, The American Institute of Medicine and the United Methodist Church all have endorsed medical marijuana legislation. Do you think these organizations are scamming people?

Have you read of the patient stories on our website? www.arcompassion.org

The truth is that doctors in Arkansas already recommend medical marijuana to their patients, because in some cases it's the best treatment option for them. Patients are forced to break the law or they continue to suffer. This does not sound like America to me; it sounds like a broken system.

Marijuana is a plant that is a proven non toxic and safe medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Many of the pharmaceutical drugs on the market are very dangerous and habit forming. For many conditions its simply the best treatment option. Locking up sick and dying patients is not right.

Our campaign does not violate any laws. The Supreme Court has ruled that states can indeed codify their own medical marijuana laws, even if they conflict with federal policy. Federal law needs to be reformed to allow medical marijuana too. We are not teaching kids that drugs are ok.

Children can and should be taught the difference between medicine and drug abuse. There
are no substances in the entire Physicians’ Desk Reference that children should use for fun. In fact, doctors can prescribe cocaine, morphine, and methamphetamine. Children are not taught that these drugs are good to use recreationally just because they are used as medicines.

Posted by Ryan Denham on 07/13/2011 at 2:16 PM

 

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