Video Offer: Waiting to Inhale

Dear Drug War Chronicle reader:

Many drug reform enthusiasts read on our blog last month about a new video documentary, Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine and the Law, and an exciting debate here in Washington between two of my colleagues and a representative of the US drug czar's office that followed the movie's screening. I am pleased to announce that DRCNet is making this film available to you as our latest membership premium -- donate $30 or more to DRCNet and you can receive a copy of Waiting to Inhale as our thanks for your support.

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I've known about Waiting to Inhale for a few years, and I am pretty psyched to see it out now and making waves. People featured in the movie -- medical marijuana providers Mike & Valerie Corral and Jeff Jones, patient spokesperson Yvonne Westbrook, scientist Don Abrams -- are heroes whose stories deserved to be told and whose interviews in this movie should be shown far and wide. You can help by ordering a copy and hosting a private screening in your home! Or you and your activist friends can simply watch it at home for inspiration. (Click here for more information including an online trailer.)

Your donation will help DRCNet as we pull together what we think will be an incredible two-year plan to substantially advance drug policy reform and the cause of ending prohibition globally and in the US. Please make a generous donation today to help the cause! I know you will feel the money was well spent after you see what DRCNet has in store. Our online donation form lets you donate by credit card, by PayPal, or to print out a form to send with your check or money order by mail. Please note that contributions to the Drug Reform Coordination Network, our lobbying entity, are not tax-deductible. Tax-deductible donations can be made to DRCNet Foundation, our educational wing. (Choosing a gift like Waiting to Inhale will reduce the portion of your donation that you can deduct by the retail cost of the item.) Both groups receive member mail at: DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036.

Thank you for your support. If you haven't already checked out our new web site, I hope you'll take a moment to do so -- it really is looking pretty good, if I may say so myself. :) Take care, and hope to hear from you.

Sincerely,


David Borden
Executive Director

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Marijuana helps my Chronic Pain so much!!!

HI,
I have low back pain from bone spurs on my tail bone and severe chronic pain from osteoarthritis in my knees. I've had two knee replacements in one knee and I'm only 44 years young. I having nerve block injections of marcane every two months to hold off having another knee replacement on my other knee. I had my first knee replacement when I was 37 years old and it failed after 6 months. Then, I had another full knee replacement and still had chronic pain. Only 3 months later I found out I had to have a patella resurfacing surgery but had to wait a tear to have it due to the Veterans Hospital being so busy. I suffered so much pain I wanted to cut my leg off. A year later they did a patella resurfacing and it was suppose to take one and a half hours for the surgery at the most. They had so much cutting of scar tissue and cartiledge it too 4 hours. I have been going to a chronic pain clinic and have tried everything from Tylenol 3 heavy doses to Methadone 100 mg a day and they did nothing. I asked to get off the methadone after about a year of no help. I even tried up to 150mg a day and that did nothing for me. Then, I tried the Morphine patch of the highest dose and that did nothing but make me sweat alot. I'm now taking large doses of tylenol 4 with codeine and Ultram 400 mg a day which the max dosage. I've been on ultram since 1999 and also took Darvecet for about six months. The only thing that really helps me is Marijuana and not only can I feel so much pain relief I can also sleep at night. And also feel good enough to make love!!
Why can Indians be able to do it legally because of there Religion?? Maybe we need to change the Churches to make it a part of chronic pain relief and maybe the Government will let us smoke it for relief of chronic pain?? I just know that it can help so many people with chronic pain and also anorexics would want to eat and I heard it helps people going through Chemo and being sick. Plus with this stressful society we live in it would make people more relaxed and happy!! Thanks for your time and God willing we can legalize it one day soon. Otherwise, I think I will move to Amsterdam where it is legal as well as Hash. "God Bless You All"
Sincerely
PETE G.

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