May 20, 2011

Marijuana Hysteria Could Keep Patients In Pain

May 20, 2011
Eric Holder marijuana

Have you ever been in so much pain that you couldn’t fall asleep? That’s what Joel White’s life was like every day for twenty years.

Joel was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 22 years ago. His doctors gave him a variety of medications with risky side-effects to help him cope, but a few years ago the medications stopped working and the intolerable pain returned.

Exhausted, frustrated and unable to find relief, Joel finally decided to try marijuana. It worked. It eased the pain, and he could finally get some sleep.

But now, the federal government is threatening to take away the medicine that Joel and others like him need.

Ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to stop attacking medical marijuana patients like Joel.

Two years ago, the Obama administration promised not to waste federal resources interfering with state medical marijuana laws. But in recent months they’ve broken that promise, raiding licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and sending threatening letters to state officials.

This isn’t just a war on drugs — it’s a war on people. It’s a war on patients like Joel, and on families forced to watch their loved ones suffer because the federal government won’t let them use the medicine that works for them.

Write the Attorney General and urge him to keep the administration’s promise not to mess with state medical marijuana programs.

This is a blatantly political act of intimidation designed to stop the growing legitimacy of medical marijuana — even if it means depriving people with cancer, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating conditions of the relief they need.

Don’t let anti-marijuana hysteria keep patients in pain. Write the Attorney General today!

Ethan Nadelmann
Executive Director
Drug Policy Alliance


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