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Letter to the Editor: December 01, 2008

Victories for Mary Jane

Medical marijuana has been a clear winner in recent political, medical and legal events. The recent election was no different than past presidential elections. Medical marijuana has won more votes and with a higher percentage than any of the previous presidential candidates such as Clinton, Dole, Gore, Kerry, Bush, McCain, and now Obama in Michigan.

Medical marijuana has also won the support of numerous medical organizations, such as the American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, and many other medical associations and groups.

Even the “wild” west of California has been tamed with their recent State Supreme Court and Attorney General decisions concerning medical marijuana. Note that the U.S. Supreme Court says doctors can recommend medical marijuana without fear for their livelihood.

Federal law classifies marijuana as deadly, addictive and with no medical use. It is time for both Democrats and Republicans to end this modern Reefer Madness. Thankfully the Ohio State Senate is considering Senate Bill 343, a medical compassion bill, so Ohioans who benefit from the therapeutic cannabis do not have to live in fear of their government.

Robert Ryan,

Columbus, Ohio

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