AFSCME endorses and supports legalization of medical marijuana

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From: "Tonya Davis" <>
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Subject: NON: AFSCME endorses and supports legalization of medical marijuana

> This is the official resolution
> Resolution No: 93
> 37th Annual International ConventionAugust 7-11, 2006Chicago, Illinois
> WHEREAS: Marijuana has proven effective at treating the illness of or
> side-effects associated with: glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis,
> epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Cohn’s disease, hepatitis C, wasting syndrome,
> severe/chronic pain, nausea, seizure disorders, muscle spasticity,
> arthritis, migraines and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease; and
> WHEREAS: The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has
> determined, in a 1999 report, that "the accumulated data indicate a
> potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for
> symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite
> stimulation;" and
> WHEREAS: The New England Journal of Medicine has stated that "prohibiting
> physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for
> seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane;" and
> WHEREAS: Diverse non-medical entities such as the National Black Police
> Association, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the New York Times
> Editorial Board, the National Association of Attorneys General, Americans
> for Democratic Action, Public Citizen, and Women of Reform Judaism have
> come out in favor of legalized prescription access of medical marijuana.
> THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That AFSCME endorses and supports legalization
> of medical marijuana for appropriate medically indicated ailments
> including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy,
> arthritis, and the other medical conditions listed herein. SUBMITTED BY:
> Claude Fort, President and DelegateAFSCME Local 375, Council 37New York
> Respectfully
> Tonya Davis
> Medical Cannabis Director
> North Ohio NORML
> Director of Patient Advocacy
> Ohio Patient Network
> 937-435-7922
> State Director Ohio AAMC
> The medical cannabis Action network
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