Delaware Medical Marijuana Proposal Advances
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Delaware Medical Marijuana Proposal Advances
Posted by CN Staff on March 24, 2011 at 06:56:14 PT
By Chad Livengood
Source: News Journal
Delaware -- Trevor Wiberg's rare connective tissue disorder, arthritis and bone spurs cause what he says is "more pain than I can describe." "It's sufficient to say that I'd rather wake up to a savage beating of a baseball bat than wake up to this pain everyday," the 25-year-old Rehoboth Beach man told a state Senate committee on Wednesday.Wiberg said high doses of legal opiates don't come close to relieving his pain the way illegal marijuana does. But his pain management plan prohibits him from using the illegal drug.
"Until the law changes, I'm forced to choose between living in agony or living in terror, in fear of law enforcement and being cut off from my pain management," said Wiberg, who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.After being urged by Wiberg and others who suffer from chronic and debilitating illnesses, the Senate Health and Social Services Committee advanced legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal purposes in Delaware.Fifteen other states and the District of Columbia already have medical marijuana laws on the books and Pennsylvania and Maryland also are considering decriminalizing cannabis.Senate Bill 17 would allow residents 21 years of age or older with debilitating conditions to get certified by their physician to purchase medical marijuana at one of three state-licensed dispensaries. Qualifying conditions include cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, PTSD, glaucoma, Crohn's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease or other chronic wasting diseases.Under the proposal, patients would be allowed to possess up to six ounces of medical marijuana, less than the amount the National Institute on Drug Abuse has said is a month's supply for medical use. Delaware residents who qualified for a state-issued medical marijuana card would not be able to grow their own.  Snipped  Complete Article: News Journal, The (Wilmington, DE)Author: Chad LivengoodPublished: March 23, 2011Copyright: 2011 The News JournalWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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