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142 Patricia Dr Atherton California 94027 November 2 2004 Senator Barbara Boxer 1700 Montgomery Street Suite 240 San Francisco CA 94111 Dear Senator Barbara Boxer I am writing to you about why smoking medical marijuana should be illegal In short there are safer and more effective drugs on the market that lack the safety and health risks associated with smoked marijuana Anyone who has conducted research about smoking medical marijuana is already aware that there is a safer form of the dangerous drug available to the public which has been FDA approved called Marinol Patients who smoke marijuana are not able to administer the proper dosage of the drug to properly aid their illness On top of that smoke marijuana contains over 400 dangerous chemicals all which over time destroy and kill the body It also harms memory creates lung problems and can ultimately cause cancer in users People who use marijuana on a regular basis may loose interest in their job schooling or social activities and may even become dependent on the drug For this reason smoking medical marijuana posses a threat to the patients life Marinol has all the benefits of smoked marijuana and it can be monitored and safely prescribed by pharmacists The Mayo Clinic in a recent study proved that THC a dangerous yet common element in smoked marijuana was less efficient than the standard treatments in assisting cancer patients recover their lost appetite The Institute of Medicine also conducted research and concluded that there was little medical value that smoked marijuana had to offer as a medically approved drug Finally if marijuana is legalized where will the boundaries be drawn People will want to legalize other drugs as well Smoking medical marijuana should not be legalized because a legal and safer form of the drug that provides more benefits to its users already exists On September 10 2004 DEA agents investigated Capitol Compassionate
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