October 9, 2006
Concerning medical marijuana, you write in an August 24, 2005,
letter to Madison resident Gary Storck “I believe that current medical
options are superior to legalizing an addictive and dangerous drug”.
While that may be your belief, you are wrong.
I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
as well as advanced sympathetic dystrophy. I use cannabis for treating
my pain and spasticity as well as an appetite stimulant. It works in
conjunction with my other medications to achieve a quality of life I
would otherwise not have.
As far as your claim that
marijuana’s benefits are not supported by scientific testing, the same
can be said for your claims as to the superiority of current medical
Therefore I must ask you to
substantiate your opinion by citing references (scientific) to validate
your claims that current medical options are superior to marijuana. You
seem to understand the importance of being able to do that. I must also
assume you take their therapeutic index into account when you compare
marijuana to other medications. After almost dying from an adverse
reaction to Marinol, you can scratch that option off your list.
I have come to your office
today to give you the chance to tell me to my face that I am wrong about
the relief marijuana offers me that other drugs don’t.