Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The DEA Kills, Not Marijuana

Robin Prosser a medical marijuana advocate in Montana had tried to kill herself before, this last week she succeeded. After being arrested by the DEA in 2004 for possession of marijuana that she used to treat the pain caused by an immunosuppressive disorder, she became appalled that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that medical marijuana charges could be brought against legal users by the federal government. Prosser could not use traditional relief due to an autoimmune disease that gave her allergic and dangerous reactions to most pharmaceutical painkillers. After her hard work campaigning to allow the drug to be prescribed in Montana, she was seeing that the governments hate for the marijuana ran much deeper than its concern for its citizens.

“Give me liberty or give me death,” she wrote in July. “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 to die, humanely?”

As a result of crackdowns by the DEA on medical marijuana in Prosser’s hometown of Missoulian, she was unable to get marijuana legally. Initially Prosser turned to illegal sources to acquire the drug, but found this difficult as well. People that promised to get her what she needed fell through and she was left to suffer. As a result, at 50 years old, unable to cope with immense pain, she took her own life.

The DEA special agent in charge of the Rocky Mountain Field Division said federal agents were “protecting people from their own state laws” by seizing such shipments.

I can’t quite express how upsetting it is to me that this could have been allowed to happen. Now I am for the general legalization of marijuana for recreational use, as well as for medical use, but nobody kills themselves because they can’t get high on the weekends. This poor woman had a legitimate need for the relief marijuana provided her. The government unfortunately denied her that relief, and as a result she became so disparaged that she killed herself. Next time you read quotes from the DEA like the one above, picture a frail and sick woman that ended her life at 50 because the self- righteous sons of bitches in the DEA denied her, her one escape from horrible pain. How long are we going to let this go on? How long will Michele Leonhart, as acting administrator of the DEA, allow such careless and callous actions to go on unanswered?

"All it takes is one person to stand up and say 'fuck this.'"

Henry Rollins – formerly of Black Flag

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