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posted: 5/27/2013 4:40 AM

In support of medical marijuana

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In support of medical marijuana

I urge Governor Quinn to support the medical marijuana bill as described in your "Senate OKs marijuana" article of May 8. I endorse medical marijuana for people with Parkinsonism, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's disease.

According to Sen. Melinda Bush, a Democrat, "This is about pain medication for people who are hurting." I strongly support the use of medical marijuana in the state of Illinois. This law will allow patients with severe illness a new treatment and new medicines. We must be compassionate to those who are suffering.

Dr. Howard Axe, President Chicago Medical Society, said, "The American Medical Association and American College of Physicians are asking to reclassify it." I do not think that this medical use of marijuana will lead to increased criminal activity. Sixty clinics and a four-year trial period will be a good start for those people in pain.

Therefore, you must consider the greater good of those who suffer. Please act now to establish new guidelines for medical marijuana. Do not base this debate on one political party or partisan politics. Make our laws for all the people.

People need your help.

Larry Elwert


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