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Letter from Jacki to Mark Green 

                                                                                  October 9, 2006

 

 

Congressman Mark Green,

 

     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 options.

     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.

 

 

                                                  Jacki Rickert

 

 

                                                  <address redacted>

 

Updated Thursday, October 12, 2006

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