Saturday, 27 October 2007

A Second Fatal Casualty In The Drug War

By The Associated Press
MISSOULA - A Missoula woman who was an outspoken advocate for the medical use of marijuana has committed suicide.

Robin Prosser, who went on a 60-day hunger strike in 2002 to raise awareness of the issue and campaigned for Montana's medical marijuana law in 2004, died Oct. 18, said Tom Daubert with Patients and Families United, a support group for patients who use medical marijuana.

The Montana Medical Marijuana Act, passed in November 2004, allows patients to use marijuana if they suffer from diseases like cancer, glaucoma and HIV, or if they have chronic pain. Those who are prescribed medical marijuana can grow their own or designate a caregiver to grow or obtain marijuana for them.

In late March, a package containing less than an ounce of marijuana that a caregiver shipped to Prosser by UPS was seized by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, even though the agency verified that Prosser and her caregiver were registered.
Prosser said marijuana was the only thing that eased the pain caused by a lupus-related autoimmune disorder.

In July, The Billings Gazette ran a guest opinion written by Prosser. "I feel immensely let down. I have no safety, no protection, no help to survive in a little less pain," she wrote.

"Maybe the next campaign ought to be for assisted-suicide laws in our state. If they will not allow me to live in peace, and a little less pain, would they help me die humanely?"

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