greenbuddha Posted September 15, 2012 Report Share Posted September 15, 2012 US MA: Supporters Say Medicinal Pot Pros Outweigh Cons Get Active Subscribe Support Us URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v12/n454/a08.html Newshawk: http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Votes: 0 Pubdate: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 Source: Boston Herald (MA) Copyright: 2012 The Boston Herald, Inc Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://news.bostonherald.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/53 Note: Prints only very short LTEs. Author: Erin Smith and Christine Mcconville SUPPORTERS SAY MEDICINAL POT PROS OUTWEIGH CONS As critics slam a November ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana as a law enforcement nightmare, a longtime local marijuana advocate says the drug is an important tool to help alleviate the agony for patients with chronic diseases. "The benefit does outweigh it all," said Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a retired professor at Harvard Medical School. "While it is not perfect, it is a step forward. People out there are suffering and don't need to suffer." Grinspoon said his son, Danny, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in the late 1960s and about three years later began chemotherapy treatments, which caused him to vomit for up to eight hours. He said his wife gave Danny a little pot before chemotherapy after hearing it stopped nausea for another teen cancer patient in Texas. "Let me tell you that was a godsend for him but also for us because we never had to observe that kind of pain and suffering he went through again," Grinspoon said. A recent survey shows Bay State voters favor passage of the ballot question 2-to-1, and proponents also hold a funding advantage. The Committee for Compassionate Medicine, the state's pro-pot group, has raised more than $1 million with virtually all of the funds coming from out-of-state billionaire and retired Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis, who gave $465,000 so far this year and $512,860 last year. Meanwhile, Vote No on Question 3 reported raising $600 so far this year. If the ballot question passes, it won't deter the Drug Enforcement Administration, said New England spokesman Tony Pettigrew. "We enforce federal law, and marijuana is against federal law," said Pettigrew. "It's not going to affect how DEA conducts our investigations." MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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