Ballot Measure 2 will ease suffering of some Alaskans

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The 1998 Medical Cannabis Initiative (Ballot Measure 8) that a majority of you voted for, has been repealed.

Senate Bill 94 (1999) sponsored by Loren Leman and drafted with Alaska law enforcement repealed all medical acquisition of cannabis.

We now have an anti-medical use law on the books masquerading as aid to the afflicted.

Alaskans can no longer acquire medical cannabis to ease their suffering. How do I know this? I am a medical cardholder. Owning the card, makes it illegal for me to acquire cannabis for medical use.

Ballot Measure 8 provided protection from arrest and guaranteed a confidential patient registry. Now law enforcement can invade a patient's home and arrest a patient who is in possession of a valid medical card.

Loren Leman was instrumental in making it a felony for Alaskans to provide cannabis to any patient. Specifically prohibited under SB 94 are those persons who have been charged with possession of or for growing of cannabis.

Who better to provide a medicine to a patient than those who are familiar with its use and production?

The current anti-medical cannabis law is an absolute sham and travesty for we patients who are registered.

I'm voting "yes" on Ballot Measure 2 so I might finally acquire legal medicine. Please help me and vote "yes" on Ballot Measure 2.

Sincerely in pain, Peter Gordon

Fairbanks



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