Compassion, Lack of – Part 1

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Eating, one of the great pleasures of life, has now become a daily battle, with each forkful a small victory.

So writes Justice Gustin L. Reichbach, a member of the New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times: A Judge’s Plea For Pot.

Justice Reichback was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer several years ago. This is usually a death sentence but he was one of the small percentage who survived. He was cancer free for three years. A few months ago, the monster came back. And so did the chemotherapy.

Marijuana gives you the munchies. Duh. If you never toked on a reefer, then I can tell you from personal experience that smoking dope makes you hungry. This is one of the main reasons people undergoing chemotherapy treatment smoke marijuana. They desperately need to take in food but many chemo drugs kill the appetite to the point that even the thought of eating can make patients nauseous. This why so many people being treated for cancer with chemotherapy appear to be starving to death. In fact, they are starving to death.

Medical marijuana is legal in sixteen states and the District of Columbia but still illegal in New York State and dozens of others. No matter what arguments opponents use to justify their cause there is only one reason for their opposition: they lack human compassion. They are devoid of love for others. They hide their intense dislike of anything palliative being given to the desperately ill behind a wall of phony religious belief or God knows what else. I hope they all go to hell.

[Source: New York Times.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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