Monday, June 13, 2005

A REMEDY OR AN EXCUSE?

June 13, 2005, 1:02AM

A REMEDY OR AN EXCUSE?
Medical marijuana supporters see hope
Backers say the call to legalize use by patients grows despite court decree
By ROBERT CROWE
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Scooting around the grocery in a motorized wheelchair, Marcia Baker doesn't look like a criminal.

But when she gets home to her Fort Bend County subdivision, the 41-year-old former accountant sometimes breaks the law. Most afternoons, she says, she eats brownies made with marijuana to help her cope with multiple sclerosis. Pot, she says, relieves the head tremors and stinging pain in her limbs without inducing the catatonic state typically caused by doses of Vicodin, baclofen, Klonopin and Neurontin her doctor prescribes.

"Does marijuana replace the other drugs? No," Baker said last week. "Does it allow me to take less of the other drugs? Yes."

The controversy over so-called "medical marijuana" received new attention last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government may enter people's homes and arrest them on federal charges - even in states where such use has been made legal.

see more: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/3222433

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