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is based on common sense: "Smoking causes lung cancer and other deadly
diseases. Americans take their medicines in pills, solufions_ sprays, shots,
drops, creams and somedraes in suppositories, but never by smoldng." I2
If this were a contest to find the most inane statement, that might be the
one: It's hard to imagine a cancer patient who would rather endure three
days of vomidng than toke on a joint that might cause cancer -- if he
smoked 20 joints a day for several years.
For several years in the middle of the above legal abomination, the
DEA permitted a certain number of people, including AIDS patients as weII
as those afflicted with diseases addressed above, to obtain government-grown
and -supplied marijuana cigarettes. The program was recently discontinued,
Under federal law, then, I am permitted to have: (and I do have)
horribly destructives addictive drugs such as morphine: and it, synthetics and
derivitaves, including Dilaudid and Percocet (oxycodone). These drugs
control pain, but leave me unable to fimcfion as a thinking, reasoning person.
To obtain a benign plant leaf that will stop debilita6ng vorrfifing, however, I
must comrr_t a crimeo13
STATE LEGAL HISTORY
In 1979, the Legislature passed the ComrolIed Substances Therapeutic
Research Act, 14 stating that "The legislature finds that recent research has
shown that the use of marijuana may alleviate the nausea and ill effects of
cancer chemotherapy and°..glaucoma. The legistatm-e further finds that
there is a need for further research and experimentation regarding the use of
marijuana under s_ctly controlled circumstances."
_2 Final Rule (see foomote 2, _ page 30
_3 To add fuel to the sense of falling through the looking glass in 1992, fi_llowing the final rule, the price
of dronabinol/mari_ol nearly quadrupled. I pMd $33.70 for 30 tabled o_ Ju_y IZ 1991. On February 4,
1992, I paid $124_50 for the same number of tablets. Looked at another way, the cost went from 84 cents
per tablet to $3.I 1 eacch_ or 3.7 times the original cost.
14 RCW 69,51
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