Effective Arguments for Medical Marijuana, including responses to the top 35 most common objections to medical marijuana :
This part of the document really stuck with me. Examples of patients who have faced the worst possible consequences for their medical use…
There are too many examples to list. Here are just a few:
Rancher and Vietnam veteran Larry Rathbun was arrested in December 1999 for cultivating medical marijuana to relieve his degenerative multiple sclerosis. When he was arrested in 1999, he could still walk, which he attributes to the medical use of marijuana. After serving 19 months, Rathbun came out of Montana State Prison confined to a wheelchair. Byron Stamate spent three months in a California jail for growing marijuana for his disabled girlfriend (who killed herself so that she would not have to testify against Byron). Gordon Farrell Ethridge spent 60 days in an Oregon jail for growing marijuana to treat the pain from his terminal cancer. Oklahoman Will Foster served over four years in prison (of an original sentence of 93 years) for growing marijuana for chronic pain. Quadriplegic Jonathan Magbie, who used marijuana to ease the constant pain from the childhood injury that left him paralyzed, died in a Washington, D.C., jail in September 2004 while serving a 10-day sentence for marijuana possession.
My brother, Gordon Ethridge was not even close to being a criminal. He had a way with growing and his plants were like no others. They helped pain without the side effects. He GAVE the herb to people who were suffering from differant ailments. For that…The police came into his home, ruffed him up, took all of his computers and anything they thought to take. It was horrible for him. He never fully recoved from this. He passed away from his cancer after living 8 1/2 years past the doctors ” death date.” I wish you could all have known him. He was truly one of a kind.
A-Men Cindy !!! I spent 2 weeks w/ Gordon….in Coos Bay..I think it was 1989.We rode his horse’s on the Dunes together, Et. Al. Love, Tom Riley/Adi Da Samraj-Eternally / Marin County,Ca.
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