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Opinion

October 31, 2012

Vote Yes on questions 2 and 3

To the Editor:

On Nov. 6 we finally get to go to the polls, voting for the leaders of our state and nation. But beyond casting our vote for these vitally important positions, we also have an opportunity to vote on several life-altering questions posed on the ballot . We now have the unique opportunity to vote on legalizing Death with Dignity and Medical Marijuana, both questions which will not only affect you but the care of your neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Whatever your own personal religion, politics or value system motivates you in making choices for yourself, it is important consider and then to pass these bills, for the greater good.

Question 2 proposes when we are terminally ill and a physician certifies we have only six months or less to live, we (the patient) then can opt to have a doctor prescribe a medication that will, without pain, bring our lives to a dignified end. If you have ever witnessed someone suffering terribly when there is no hope they can overcome the effects of an incurable illness, if you have observed a loved one hooked up to machines, barely conscious and in pain, then you will see this choice as a compassionate one.

Included in this initiative are all kinds of safeguards and protections; the decision, by the patient, to have physician- assisted death is a freedom we must not deny anyone.

In the case of Question 3, the medical marijuana initiative will allow those suffering from the effects of cancer, aids/hiv, epilepsy, ms, glaucoma, arthritis, hepatitis C to, at least, have the choice to legally obtain this proven remedy, rather than being forced to go on the street to search for it. Cannabis, an herb grown in the earth, has long been used worldwide as an inexpensive and available healing agent. It is only our irrational fear that we then will become “drug” addicts (perhaps leading to crime) that prevents the legal use of marijuana specifically for medical purpose.

Who could, in good conscience, deny the sick and dying these choices to ease their own pain and suffering. I encourage you to vote Yes on Questions 2 and 3.

Angelena Craig

Newburyport

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