Robert Morgenthau had called this meeting to announce that he was throwing his considerable political weight behind a bill to make marijuana legal for medical uses in New York State. Cancer patients, glaucoma sufferers and people with other dreaded diseases, he said, should not have to break the law to get the relief they so desperately need.
This could soon change, thanks to a bill from Manhattan Assemb. Richard Gottfried. It would make the pain-killing properties of marijuana available with a doctor’s prescription, the same way sick people can now get codeine, morphine and a whole medicine chest of potent narcotics.
Montel Williams, the daytime TV host who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, sat beside Morgenthau yesterday. He spoke about the excruciating pain he suffers in the lower half of his body and the blessed relief he’s gotten from medical marijuana.
And then Ellis puts in the real gem:
It is hard even to paraphrase the arguments against this. Only a dim-witted ideologue like federal drug czar John Walters will utter such drivel out loud. Something about “sending a bad message” or marijuana being a “gateway drug.”
Get outta here!
How could any civilized person tell a cancer patient on chemotherapy, “No, we won’t ease your pain!” I dare anyone to look into Montel Williams’ eyes and say, “Suck it up, pal!”
Worth repeating: “Only a dim-witted ideologue like federal drug czar John Walters will utter such drivel out loud.”
I love it. I’m going to keep repeating that all day!
Update: Brutal Hugs is also happy to have Morgenthau involved, but is less confident of his political clout.