“I have pancreatic cancer. I have thyroid cancer. I’m in Stage IV. I don’t know how much longer I have left…
I called down here first. I’m 67 years old, and I lost my mother last year at 90 with colon cancer, and I was afraid. I don’t have a record, a police record, and I called, and I asked the lady, “Will there be police officers there?” And she said no.
So I came down just to ask you, please, legalize it for medical use because I lost, from January until March, 65 pounds…I have to go against the laws. I don’t want to do that. I’ve never done that. I’m a church-going person, and I love the Lord. I don’t want to do things like that.
But I don’t want the pain. I can’t take the pain. They told me if I get blocked up again, I’ll have to come in, and they’ll have to put hoses down my nose to suck the bile out of me, and I can’t go through that. I’m going to die first. I won’t go through that.
I beg you from the bottom of my heart to please understand this makes me feel better. I don’t have the pain, and I can eat some food, and I don’t throw up. Thank you.
This is from Merlyn Cordes 2009 testimony at the Iowa Board of Pharmacy hearing on medical cannabis in Des Moines. Testimony available here on pages 168 – 170.
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