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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Massachusetts Reefer Madness Candidate Alert! Joanne Powell

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM, wrote:

Message: On behalf of patients and caregivers across the state, especially those voting in the 6th Worcester District House election, may we know where candidate Joanne Powell stands vis a vis House Bill No.00625, the Medical Marijuana Act? Should medical practitioners in Massachusetts have the right to inform patients who might benefit, especially those not responding well to conventional treatments, and should patients apprised by their health care provider of the risks vs the benefits of medical marijuana be subject to arrest and imprisonment if they choose it, within a system of state licensure and regulation, as a treatment option? Thank you for taking a stand on this important issue.

Joanne Powell
Dear Ms. Socks:

Thanks for your work on behalf of the chronically ill and suffering. I support extending compassionate care to the chronically ill and ensuring that pain relief be given liberally to alleviate suffering. I have seen many therapies work to alleviate pain and suffering that do not bring the unintended consequences of expanding the availablity of marijuana.
Having worked in the office of Distict Attorney Joseph Early, I have already seen the damage decriminalization has done to students in high schools. They do not understand that it is still illegal and it is tarnishing their record for life. Police are having a hard time enforcing law as it is and expanded legalization, even for compassionate purposes, would reinforce these unintended consequences.

 I support the liberal use of pain alleviating medications that do no pose the social and health risks to cultivate and ingest that marijuana does. I do appreciate your concerns and thank you for your care for the sick.

Joanne Powell
Candidate for State Representative
6th Worcester District

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