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Dear Editor: I’m writing in support of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act. There will be public hearings on Dec. 15 by both the Assembly and Senate health committees. I strongly recommend that the bill be passed to the floor for debate and possible passage into law with the governor’s signature.

I am a paraplegic. With my particular condition, the pharmacy drugs I should take for muscle spasms and nerve pains would have killed me from kidney failure.

Cannabis hemp has been the most effective agent in relieving both symptoms of this ailment. It has proven far safer than any pharmacological product or chemical preparations such as Marinol, which can cause death.

I strongly urge the passage of this bill so that patients will no longer be treated as criminals and we, as patients, will have a useful and effective alternative to more dangerous pharmacy products. Prescription drugs would not have given me the quality of life I now enjoy, nor would I be as productive. For those reasons I believe the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act should be passed into law.

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Jeffrey L. Smith

Brillion

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