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Marijuana a palliative drug

Regarding your thoughtful editorial published June 1, while there have been studies showing that marijuana can shrink cancerous tumors, medical marijuana is essentially a palliative drug. If a doctor recommends marijuana to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and it helps the patient feel better, then it’s working. In the end, medical marijuana is a quality-of-life decision best left to patients and their doctors.

Drug warriors waging war on non-corporate drugs contend that organic marijuana is not an effective health intervention. Their prescribed intervention for medical marijuana patients is handcuffs, jail cells and criminal records. This heavy-handed approach suggests that drug warriors should not be dictating health-care decisions. It’s long past time to let doctors decide what is right for their patients; sick patients should not be jailed for daring to seek relief from marijuana.

ROBERT SHARPE

Policy analyst, Common Sense for

Drug Policy