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contacted several reporters and told them what we were planning.
63. On August 2, 1980, the Atlanta Journal ran a story
on marlJuana's medlcal uses. The story noted i was working to
make-marijuana legally available to cancer and glaucoma patients.
64. As _oon as the Journa_ broke the story I began
receiving calls from all sorts of news people from around the
state and across the nation.
65. I was astonished at the outpourlng of publics
political and medical support which gathered around my efforts.
(See Exhiblts) Selected newspaper clips _rom Aug 3-Dec 17o)
66. A5 the news spread I also began receivlng calls
from cancer and glaucoma patients, _ndlv_duals with mUltlple
sclerosis (MS), and from doctors and oncolog_sts from around the
state. It was clear I had struck a nerve and that hundreds of
people in Georgia were responding.
67. On December 17, 1979, Representative Smith,
Senator Broun, Speaker of the House Tom Murphy and the Lt.
Governor, Zell Miller, held an unprecedented _o_nt news
conference to announce thelr mutual_ all out support for the
enactment ofoa Georgia _MarlJuana as Medicine" bit1.
68= Lie Governor Zell Miller issued a publąc statement
that day which began:
"_ am here today to _pe_k _n favor of le_!slatlo_
that is to be Introduced in _he 19_0 General
Assemb!y to fac_l_tate the medical use o_
marijuana _n the treatment of cancer patients who
are _ece_v_ng chemotherapy treatments.
Although chemotherapy _s a proven cancer treatment
method it usually has devastating side effects,
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