« April 2005 | Main | June 2005 »

May 10, 2005

USA Today: Letter to the Editor: LEGAL MARIJUANA FAVORS PATIENTS' INTEREST

By Gary Storck
Posted: May, 10, 2005

Newshawk: Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org
Source: USA Today
Pubdate: 10 May 2005
Author: Gary Storck

Along with other patients from around the country, I was able to join talk show host Montel Williams, Angel Raich, Irv Rosenfeld and a number of congressional representatives as Williams made his plea for legal access to medical marijuana ("Montel urges Congress on medical marijuana," USATODAY.com, Thursday).

It is sad that something so critical to many Americans health and well-being is being withheld by politics. Another article in USA TODAY talked of how elderly U.S. patients are put at risk by clinical testing that excludes them in favor of younger patients ("A bitter pill for older patients." Cover story", Life, Thursday).

Elderly patients are more likely to encounter adverse reactions from conventional medications because of slowed metabolisms and other consequences of aging. The Food and Drug Administration's litany of recalls and drug warnings points up the need for non-toxic alternatives like marijuana.

Washington politicians not only claim we have the best health care in the world but tout this nation's commitment to democracy, liberty and freedom. These will remain just claims until our lawmakers restores the freedom to use cannabis as medicine that they revoked with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970.

Gary Storck, co-founder
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Madison, Wis.

Posted by Gary at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

May 06, 2005

May 4, 2005 Capitol Hill press conference in Washington D.C.

By Gary Storck
Posted May 6, 2005

caphillpc1.jpg

On May 4, 2005, I attended my third Capitol Hill press conference. My two prior ones came in 2002 and 2003, in the Capitol itself in July 2002, and another in Rayburn in September 2003, which was a part of the Cheryl Miller Memorial Project click here

KTVU: Medical Marijuana Debate Heats Up
Article about press conference with links to 2 videos
click here

The press conference was outside at Cannon Terrace, a small spot near the Cannon congressional office building's wheelchair ramp that is a frequent site for Capitol Hill press conferences. Although a bit noisy at times, it's a nice spot to talk to the press and get the Capitol dome in the background for tv cameras.

To be continued...Check back soon!

Posted by Gary at 04:57 PM | Comments (0)