Cliff Village, Mo., recently passed a medical marijuana ordinance that allows seriously ill patients to use marijuana pursuant to the recommendation of a doctor (2/10, A-1, “Burg lights fire by legalizing medicinal pot”).
A 2005 nationwide Gallup poll showed that 78 percent of adults support making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe to reduce pain and suffering. A 2004 AARP poll showed that 72 percent of adults age 45 and older think patients should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician recommends it.
National support includes the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Missouri Speaker of the House Ron Richard (R-Joplin) should take note of what the public, medical community and at least 13 other states already seem to know and assign House Bill 277 to committee so it can be openly and honestly debated.
President, Joplin NORML