Mountain View Voice

Opinion - February 5, 2010

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On the use of medical marijuana, and opening of dispensaries, in Mountain View

My mother was diagnosed with cancer. Not long after that she couldn't eat. At the time the issue of medicinal marijuana was just a thought. I had to break the law and get it illegally for her. Much to my family's surprise she got an appetite that helped her get much-needed food in her system. Which in turn made her stronger so she could continue treatment.

Abuse will happen no matter what the substance is. Alcohol is abused and laws are broken every day. ... Prescription drugs are abused and obtained illegally. Both of these are much more of a danger to you or your community. ...

Lastly, to clear something else up: Marijuana does not cure anything. It is simply used as an aid to those like my mother in gaining an appetite, or it is used to "mask" over pain people are in. It takes their minds off the pain while not having to take addictive and harmful chemical drugs.

Thom, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood

Prop 215 is the path to legalization, which is the next step for the ballot box in November. All of this Rx talk will be for naught, when any adult in California can legally grow a marijuana plant in their house, apartment or backyard. All it needs is your vote.

QM, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood

The label of medicinal vs. recreational use is just that, a label. It's like telling your kids that can of Coke you're drinking is "medicine" so that they stop asking for some.

Once someone purchases marijuana, there is no system in place, or being advocated, that prevents "medicinal" marijuana from being used recreationally. That is why having this drug, if it is shown to be effective medicine, should be processed through established channels, i.e. doctor, pharmacist, prescriptions, etc.

The argument the pro-medical marijuana group has is conflicting:

A. Marijuana is effective, safe medicine that should be used for medicinal purposes. However,

B. It should be dispensed through a distribution that lies outside of already established channels that lack controls for ensuring non-medicinal use.

If A is true, then let it be dispensed in pharmacies, with a doctor's prescription.

Hardin, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood

I am 45 years old and I have a broken back. I failed the fusion surgery and every year I loose more use of my spine and fail a little more.

I am on morphine and two other breakthrough narcotic medications, two neuropathy medications (nerve blockers for the brain), two muscle spasm medications, and five other medications for my spine.

I am a medical marijuana user. My GP gave me a prescription that I took to a Medicann facility to get my license. Medi-Cal helped pay for it.

If it wasn't for medical marijuana, I would be a blithering idiot from all the pain I'm in. Because yes, I hurt, all the time. Even with all the meds. Even the morphine.

Have you ever hurt so much that you wished you were dead? Live my life and then have an opinion on medical marijuana.

debbie, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

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