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Offlineblaze2
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Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas.
    #3808075 - 02/20/05 08:40 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Here is the article I was talking about in the Texan support thread.

Medical pot has support in Austin
Web Posted: 02/16/2005 12:00 AM CST

Lomi Kriel
Express-News Austin Bureau

AUSTIN — Steve never imagined he'd smoke pot like many of the criminals he once helped put away.


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He grew up a tall, active teenager in what he describes as a "Leave-it-to-Beaver household." He went to church. He joined the military, spending four years traversing Central and South America.

After coming home, he worked as an undercover narcotics officer in a select task force in the state, busting big drug deals from San Antonio to West Texas. Now he fears identifying the task force, or his last name, because he worries about retribution from convicts.

"But it comes to a point," he says, "when you have a fear of actually dying. You don't care if smoking weed is illegal or not, if it just makes you feel better."

And it's for feeling a little better that Steve will join about 100 others involved with Texans for Medical Marijuana on Thursday as they lobby the Legislature to pass House Bill 658.

That proposal, authored by Rep. Elliott Naishtat, an Austin Democrat, would allow patients to use their medical condition as a defense against a marijuana possession charge — if they have a valid recommendation from their doctor.

Steve, 34, suffers from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, a rare illness affecting only 1,100 Americans. The disease is pretty much what it sounds like — any time you ingest anything, even water, you vomit. This happens frequently throughout the day; Steve says at its worst, it can get to 30 times an hour.

That makes everything difficult, from going on a date or hanging out with friends to pretty much anything that contributes toward a normal life, but the vomiting is the least of his concerns.

"It's the nausea, the incapacitating nausea," he says. "The best way to describe it is, I sit in the bottom of the shower, praying for death."

During the late 1990s, Steve realized something wasn't right. He was losing weight. He was getting sick — a lot. After countless hospital visits, he was diagnosed, but the disease still is so new and so rare, doctors don't know what to prescribe for it, never mind a cure.

"You name the drug, I tried it," Steve says.

But nothing worked and he kept shedding weight until he teetered on 98 pounds.

Doctor after doctor, he says, recommended he try medical marijuana and move to California or one of the other eight states where its use is legal.

But because of his background, "I was never too keen on it," Steve says. "When I finally gave in to it, it had gotten to the point that I was so emaciated."

That was about three months ago. Now Steve is 50 pounds heavier.

He still gets sick — "three-quarters of the time I ingest anything" — and he still has nausea — "it's almost under control, on average about 5-6 hours a day.

"But it's a damn sight better than what it used to be," he adds. "I'm still sick, but I feel better."

Steve worries about a lot of things, including getting caught with marijuana and having to suffer the debilitating nausea in jail without it. But he also worries that the campaign for medical marijuana will be wrongly perceived as a fight to legalize all drugs.

"That's not my concern," he says. "My concern is only the medical aspect."

Steve wants a day when he can buy medical marijuana freely. That is not near; even under Naishtat's proposal, the criminal code simply would be amended to give patients a defense in court.

Even though Republican Reps. Terry Keel of Austin and Suzanna Gratia Hupp of Lampasas — both of them leaders in the GOP-controlled House — signed on to support the bill, a similar proposal never passed out of committee when it was proposed in 2001.

This year, the conservative Texas Eagle Forum says it won't stop until that measure is defeated again.

"We are absolutely opposed to it," says Cathie Adams, its director.

She speculates about the medical value of marijuana and says patients have plenty other medical alternatives.

"I don't think the word 'medical' should ever describe marijuana," Adams says. "I just don't accept the notion that marijuana is better than those other drugs."

Adams also charges that marijuana is a gateway drug and fears patients who use it will experience a "different kind of suffering," namely drug addiction.

According to a recent Scripps Howard Texas Poll, 75 percent of respondents favored allowing people with major illnesses to use marijuana, as long as their doctors agreed.

Maybe this year the proposal stands a better chance. At least, Steve hopes so.

"I shouldn't be seen as a criminal for doing something that keeps me alive," he says.


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: blaze2]
    #3808355 - 02/20/05 09:50 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

good article.


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: blaze2]
    #3808504 - 02/20/05 10:19 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

blaze2 said:


"But it's a damn sight better than what it used to be," he adds. "I'm still sick, but I feel better."


"I don't think the word 'medical' should ever describe marijuana," Adams says. "I just don't accept the notion that marijuana is better than those other drugs."


"I shouldn't be seen as a criminal for doing something that keeps me alive," he says.




It seems that Adams chooses to disregard any scientific proof or personal testimony in order to keep cannabis illegal. How can you just choose to not accept evidence? If it's a proven fact there are no two ways about it. She continues to prove her ignorance when she says that she doesn't accept that pot's better than "those other drugs". Which ones are she specifically referring to? The multitude of legal prescription drugs with negative side-effects? Psychedelic plants? Hard drugs? She's an idiot.
In my opinion the world's in a bad state of affairs when people seem get so vehement about what they percieve to be right that they'll disregard any facts disproving their beliefs.

The article was really well written and informative though. I enjoyed it.


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: woleb]
    #3808525 - 02/20/05 10:24 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

:smirk:


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: woleb]
    #3808526 - 02/20/05 10:24 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

:smirk:


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: woleb]
    #3808527 - 02/20/05 10:24 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

:smirk:


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Re: Ex-Narcotics officer supports the medical marijauna bill in Texas. [Re: blaze2]
    #3813452 - 02/21/05 10:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

put it in a pill and i dont think anyoen would be the wiser. personally i think its the smoking part that keeps it back cause it is looked down upon and is probably to some a gateway drug. its mostly how people treat others who use it that lead tehm to harder drugs in my opinion.

to completely disregard a plant, legal or not, and give faith to researchers to fiddle around with thousands of other plants isnt ignorant, its just hse has an agenda to stop that plant period. i doubt much will change peoples veiw on it if they are that thick.


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