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Charles King Has a Dream

Cross-Country Crusaders

Quoth the Raven

A Trip to Bountiful

Doctor's Diary - September 2005

Combo Vision

Hearts and Chocolate

The New HIV Bouncers

Foreign Agents

Positively Fit

Fitness 101

Weep No More

Ask the Sexpert - September 2005

Antibody Snatcher

The DL Deal

Legal Eye - September 2005

Medicaid Watch

Savings and Moan

Freedom to Worship

Spirit Guide

Teenage Wasteland

Shooting Gallery

HIV Hot Spots for Injections

Buzz Kill

Run for the Border

Mentors - September 2005

I Say a Little Prayer

Easy Come, Easy Go

Forever a Fighter

Founder's Letter - September 2005

Mailbox - September 2005

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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September 2005

Buzz Kill

by Suzy Martin

Feds say no to medical marijuana, but states answer: “dude, back off”

Battling nausea and pain, HIVer Phil Alden, 41, of Redwood City, California, takes the high road. Make that tokes. But he has never risked prosecution: California is one of 10 states allowing medical marijuana. “I haven’t used a drug dealer in five years,” says Alden, who scores pot for pain at a patient-run dispensary. On June 6, however, the Supreme Court scared med heads, ruling that  states are subject to the Controlled Substance Act. All weed is now federally illegal regardless of state protections—though the ruling doesn’t overturn state laws. States have so far mostly ignored the federal prohibition, and veteran activists continue the push for legalization.

Indeed, two months after the decision, nine out of 10 states stood tall in their Mary Janes (Alaska may “re-examine” its policies). Rhode Island’s Senate even overrode the governor’s veto, en route to becoming the 11th med-pot state. Josiah Rich, MD, who treats Providence HIVers, says, “Patients shouldn’t live in fear of arrest.” Adds Marijuana Policy Project’s Bruce Mirken, “There’s been enough federal enforcement to make people nervous, but not an all-out assault.” So HIVers needing weed are safe—for now.                

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