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Help a Sick Relative, Lose Your JobBy Bruce Mirken/MPP Special to Salem-News.com
Scoring three marijuana cigarettes for an aunt with breast cancer costs a police dispatcher her job.
(SAN FRANCISCO) - When medical use of marijuana is illegal, it’s not just the patients themselves who get hurt.
Llanes told the paper that her aunt was “sick constantly, not eating, not having an appetite. She is diabetic. She has to eat. She was whittling away to nothing.” So she obtained three joints worth of marijuana for her aunt, and it helped.
But when Llanes told a co-worker about it, word got to her supervisors, and now she’s out of a job — collateral damage in America’s ongoing war on the sick.
On the bright side for people like Llanes and her aunt, medical marijuana legislation is under consideration in Illinois. To find out how you can help — and especially if you live in Illinois — you can visit the Marijuana Policy Project Illinois page.
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