Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act

28 04 2008

Recently the Feds raided The Herbal Nutrition Center (again) and this time, not only did they take their medical cannabis vending-machine, they smashed all the glass shelves and display cases in the shop. So it is favorable timing that the Hon. Dr. Ron Paul has recently introduced a new bill, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act” which would bar the Federal government from intervening in such doctor/patient relationships that violate no state law.

In Dr. Paul’s new column, entitled, Politicizing Pain, he gives moral and economic credence to the necessity of such a bill with a vivid example, which of course is just one out of thousands.


K.K. Forss does not claim medical marijuana solves all his problems. His pain from a ruptured disc in his neck is debilitating. He is unable to go to work or to the First Baptist Church he used to attend because of the pain and muscle spasms. Taxpayers through Medicare spend over $18,000 a year on his various medications. Half of those drugs are strong narcotics. The other half address the various side-effects brought on by the first half, such as nausea, heartburn, heart palpitations, difficulty sleeping, and muscle spasms.

No, marijuana would not completely address all his pain, but it made a tremendous difference in the quality of his life when he tried it for over a year. It helped him regain 38 pounds he had lost. It calmed his muscle spasms and helped him sleep. In short, it alleviated many side effects and greatly reduced his need for other expensive medications. Mr. Forss estimates that being allowed to use medical marijuana would save taxpayers at least $12,000 a year in medications he would no longer need. He would also be able to work occasionally and attend some church services.


also… here’s a 5 minute interview on CNN today:

And here’s the full page ad High Times ran twice, free-of-charge:

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