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Doc urges Bay State to decriminalize marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Uptight Bay Staters need to “get a grip” on their hang-ups about weed, according a doc who is a leading national advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana.
 
Dr. Donald I. Abrams, chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a cancer specialist at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, is headed to Boston this week to lecture at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. But he took time out of his schedule yesterday to lecture the commonwealth ahead of time, after learning local law enforcement is balking at a citizen initiative to decriminalize medical pot.
 
“It’s a flower. Get a grip. It’s part of nature. It should be available at sports events instead of alcohol. There’d be less violence,” Abrams told the Herald.
 
The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing today in the Gardner Auditorium on an initiative petition signed by more than 80,700 voters to let people with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other unspecified maladies possess pot.
 
Abrams is the featured speaker at Dana-Farber’s 12th annual Lenny Zakim Lecture tomorrow. While he’s been invited to hold forth on the use of natural supplements against cancer, he and Dana-Farber said yesterday cannabis is not on the agenda. But Abrams said he hopes someone asks. “Cannabis has been a natural medicine for thousands of years,” he said. “It’s an analgesic, it’s anti-inflammatory.”
 

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