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A Judge’s Plea for Pot

 
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A Judge’s Plea for Pot
Three and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery. Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless.

Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep. This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy.

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05/22/2012 09:54 AM
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If the government legalized pot, they'd have way too much competition selling it on the black market like they do now. Not to mention they don't want any competition to their synthetic poisonous drug operation, aka pharma.

It's a shame that we're governed by murderous criminals that don't play by the rules but force us to.
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Three and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana. My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery. Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless.

Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep. This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy.

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05/22/2012 10:30 AM
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If the government legalized pot, they'd have way too much competition selling it on the black market like they do now. Not to mention they don't want any competition to their synthetic poisonous drug operation, aka pharma.

It's a shame that we're governed by murderous criminals that don't play by the rules but force us to.
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Just like there are still a ton of bootleggers and mobsters selling alcohol on the black market? Oh, wait, it's the exact opposite of that.

What makes you believe that the black market weed will still be there if it was legalized??
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05/22/2012 10:36 AM
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If the government legalized pot, they'd have way too much competition selling it on the black market like they do now. Not to mention they don't want any competition to their synthetic poisonous drug operation, aka pharma.

It's a shame that we're governed by murderous criminals that don't play by the rules but force us to.
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Just like there are still a ton of bootleggers and mobsters selling alcohol on the black market? Oh, wait, it's the exact opposite of that.

What makes you believe that the black market weed will still be there if it was legalized??
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Right... I messed up. There would be no black market hence the government not wanting to put their drug operations out of business.

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