Election Day: What I Need to Say Before You Vote

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Here’s my final thoughts before we all go vote on I-182. This is short and sweet because I’m sore and tired from surgery…lucky you.

Listen, I have cancer. It’s still weird to write that after over 9 months in treatment. All I’m asking is that we do our best to support the sick and suffering in our state. What we have now (SB 423) is not our best. It is legislation that was aimed at failure and it does just that- it fails thousands of us who need access to medical marijuana.

Why do we need it? For some of us, it’s the only thing that helps. For others, it’s the best solution. Some of us just prefer it to our other options. And yes, we should have options when it comes to our health care. 

I am acutely aware of the arguments against medical marijuana and not a single one touches anywhere near the gravity and severity of a sick person’s life without access to medicine they need. The rules and regulations put in place by I-182 make medical marijuana safer and more responsible while also protecting the integrity of our citizens (sick and healthy) and our state. All in all, I-182 is the solution that makes sense both for patients who need access and for citizens who are concerned about regulating use. We can accomplish both things- like mending a fence. You fix it because it’s broken, and also to make sure it works and does its job properly. I-182 mends the fence, friends. (For my more detailed analysis, click here.)

I urge you to vote YES on I-182 to help patients like me. I sure didn’t get into cancer for the pot, you guys. But now that I’m here, please help me fight. Let’s keep all the options on the table so I can kick cancer in the can and live to fight another day. 

Give ‘Em Hell

P.S. If you want to discover the faces of legitimate medical marijuana users and their stories, please see the incredible Bobby Long’s work. He photographed patients all over the state and nothing compares to the compassion and sincerity captured by his images.

(This was originally posted by Katie Mazurek on her blog site katieovercancer.com).