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Marijuana’s good outweighs its bad

By Maria Smallow | Feb 07, 2013

To the editor:

Dear Gov. Branstad and lawmakers of Iowa,

I am in dire need of a plant (cannabis) to stop the progression of my inherited medical condition. I have had this condition for the last 30 years. It is chronic progressive, meaning there is no cure and every day I get worse.

Currently, I’m only paralyzed from the neck down. Eventually, in the not-too-distant future, I will lose my ability to swallow and my eyesight. At that point my death will not be far off.

I know that you believe strongly that medical marijuana is a dangerous drug. If you were in my shoes, would you believe the literature and science that shows that medical marijuana can arrest progression of my condition? Would you at least allow me to make that decision for myself in consultation with my physician?

If all I wanted was to get high, I could easily get a bottle of legal alcohol. Actually, alcohol makes my condition worse but it’s legal. Does that make sense to you?


— Maria Smallow, Fairfield

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