Medical Marijuana Advocates Announce TV Ad Campaign Featuring Seriously Ill Patients
April 14, 2008
(Minneapolis, M.N.) Advocates announced the first in a new series of TV ads today featuring seriously ill patients asking Minnesotans to urge Gov. Tim Pawlenty not to veto a bill to protect suffering Minnesotans from arrest for using medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.
The ad features Lynn Rubenstein Nicholson of Minneapolis, who suffers intractable pain after enduring 10 surgeries following a back injury.
“Really, the only thing that gave me relief was marijuana,” Nicholson says in the ad of her struggle to find relief from the constant pain that keeps her bedridden most of the time. “It’s not ok to break the law … I’m tired of being a criminal.”
SF 345, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth), passed in the Senate last year, and the House Ways and Means Committee, 13-4, April 9. The bill is heading to the House floor for a vote soon, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty has threatened to veto it if it passes.
“The governor has threatened a veto after hearing from certain aspects of the law enforcement community,” said Neal Levine, director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Hopefully, before he finalizes his decision, he will also consider the opinions of the hundreds of doctors, thousands of nurses, multitude of medical associations, the vast majority of Minnesotans and suffering patients like Lynn, who all support this bill.”
Twelve states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington – presently allow medical use of marijuana. Medical marijuana bills are now under consideration in Illinois and New York, and an initiative is expected to appear on Michigan’s November ballot.
With more than 23,000 members and 180,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. For more information, please visit www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.
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