April 09, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

In response to an article by Sharon Mack, “Freeport veterinarian used pot for cancer relief” (BDN, Dec. 29), it is fortunate that Dr. Michael Lindey listened to either his peers or advocates and disregarded the law to medicate himself. He did this in spite of the fact he could have his license to practice medicine revoked, face possible civil sanctions, and be labeled a “druggie” or “pot head.”

Maine Citizens for Medical Marijuana, Maine Vocals, Maine BACH and Maine Cannabis Alliance all have been involved with the medical marijuana issue in our state for years. We have educated many legislators and citizens to the truth and facts.

I have been an outspoken and aggressive activist for ending cannabis prohibition, as well as for medical marijuana, and I stand by my principles that prohibition is wrong. Depriving sick or injured citizens of medical marijuana is not only wrong, it is a crime. That is why we are petitioning. We want the politics and cops removed from the doctors offices and our medicine cabinets.

The Americans for Medical Responsibility proposal is an unworkable plan, and will endanger patients, either by putting them at risk of being constantly oversupplied (a crime and jailable offense) or undersupplied because they are constantly worried about breaking the law. Also, it limits the patients to 15 to 20 percent of those who can benefit from medical marijuana and has no distribution plan. The initiative defeats itself before it even gets to the polls.

The MCMM proposal is not open ended as some would lead you to believe. First, there is no need for limits, since current law provides the protections against sales and furnishing, which apply to all non-medical transactions. Second, this proposal is for all medically needy, not just a select few. Third, we have the mechanism for a distribution plan which will be the first of its kind in the nation. Don Christen Madison


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