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October 24th, 2009
11:05 PM ET

Medical Marijuana User: "I Choose Life"

A former corrections officer tells Fredricka Whitfield why medical marijuana is the only thing that helps her ease the pain from a back injury.


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  1. Teresa

    Thank you for the personal stories, CNN. Good work.

    October 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Robert Lee

    "I choose life also :)"

    October 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  3. dennis linville

    I live with horible back pain also from an accident in 1997 and I choose life also but for my children and grand children, as decent a life as i can possibly provide . So i refuse to abandond them even if our government is choosing to do so.
    I will continue to fight the war on drugs even if it appears there are very few of us left willing to do so.

    October 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I saw this debate this weekend and some of these "specialists", and you can tell, does not know what they are talking about. I have never heard that marijuana is linked to schizophrenia and ADHD. I am not going to pretend that cannabis is harmless; smoking does damage your lungs. Cannabis is not "highly addictive". You do not have withdrawals effects where you die like alcohol does. At most you just complain for a whole month. And it is not "highly dangerous", no one has never OD or even died while smoking cannabis. With alcohol, if you drink too much you will have alcohol poisoning and you will likely die.

    Further more, the man that said that in ONE county, 60% of accidents traumas (great choice of words by the way) are caused by marijuana, is messing with you. Statistically speaking, is a small sample size from ONE COUNTY, you cannot base your "fact" on a small sample size. You are unprofessional and you are a liar. Read up peer review articles about driving under the influence of cannabis. Driving should not be encouraged though because you will have slow reaction time and it does impair driving just not to the extend that this unprofessional "specialist" described it as.

    October 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  5. neelie

    So much to say on this. Think of prohibition and the depression. Now think of farmers loosing income. Think green and hemp products. Think of regulations similar to alcohol. Allow 4 plants grown per household. Think of alcohol and marijuana 4 hour testing b4 going to work. Think now of DUI's versus smokers. Think of erratic alcohol behaviors vs. calmer pot smoking. Control it like ABC stores. Eliminate some drug trafficking and less prisoners and violence. Think of health benefits (what does alcohol help?) Think of stress, anxiety, mental alleviation vs. pharmaceutical profit. Think of states allowing homesexual marriages ... unheard of in recent passing. Let states and federal tax it like alcohol and ciggs. Boost the economy at all levels.

    October 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  6. Danny Paul

    It's time to stop making people who smoke marijuana out to be criminals. For the most part they are hard working and upstanding individuals just trying to get by and they should have their choice of medicines such as medical marijuana. After all some of our brightest and most talented persons such as a president of one of the greatest nations on earth(USA) may have smoked a joint or two.

    October 27, 2009 at 11:39 am |