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15 September 2007 @ 06:18 am

Clayton:  Senator, my name is Clayton. Clayton Dowdy. I'm from Park Hills, Kentucky. Some of the people here may know me. I'm Luther Dowdy's boy.

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Clayton:  Senator, I'd like to know where you stand on the issue of medical marijuana raids? There've been many of these raids lately in the news, and I'd like to know where you stand on this issue. If it's an issue you'd challenge in an Edward's administration. Or if it's an issue you'd … not …. challenge … in an Edward's administration. And Senator, I have a follow-up.

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Senator Edwards:  Well, as you know, I believe that many Americans, um, many Americans, need marijuana, as many doctors will attest, to help patients in situations where no other alternative medicine or treatment is available.

Audience member:  Can you cite some examples?

Senator Edwards:  I can. I can… I believe that there are many people like Clayton who are suffering from conditions that could be greatly remedied, where the suffering could be greatly decreased, with the benefits of medical marijuana.

While I'm not sure, you know, how MUCH you need, I'm sure you need to get considerably high, Clayton. I do. VERY high in fact, in order to remedy the pain you're in... And I can respect that! I can! Unlike the current administration, I will work WITH the medical marijuana community and not AGAINST them!

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Senator Edwards:  You know, last year, I voted on a medical bill for seniors.. um .. while that bill did not specifically cite the use of medical marijuana in patients, it did point out the cost of long-term neglect by insurance agencies and the health care industry on our sick and disabled. It places a heavy burden on all of us when the needs of others remain neglected. 

So, if your question is, Clayton, will an Edward's administration come to your defense, be there when you need marijuana, provide you with quality marijuana … I can imagine this could be taken out of context by my opponents, but I will be there … I will make sure that your needs, and your dignity, will be of the utmost importance in an Edward's administration! … And you had a follow-up?

Clayton:  Yes, I took it upon myself to get proactive about my health and got involved in a program of preventive medical marijuana treatments. 

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Clayton:  And as I'm sure many others on this program can attest, insurance providers will not cover this program without a standing medical condition. That's why I was concerned about these medical marijuana raids on prescription patients. If they're busting them, what chance have I got as a medical marijuana user? 

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Senator Edwards:  Yes .. Clayton. I agree. Thank you.

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