Links to a YouTube video have been surfacing showing huge support for medical marijuana from a former anti-drug, Reagan-appointed U.S. Attorney. However Arizona representatives still continue to fight the voter approved law.
According to the Phoenix New Times, Republican state Representative John Kavanagh is trying to get voters to repeal the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Kavanagh has disputed cannabis is not an effective treatment for any condition and no exception for cancer patients. His reasoning for not supporting medical marijuana patients is "because marijuana is not an accepted treatment for those conditions."
Shortly after Kavanagh began his attack on the voter approved medical marijuana law, paid ads started to surface referencing a link to a YouTube video. The video features former U.S. Attorney A. Melvin McDonald speaking favorably about medical marijuana.
"Do not criminalize people that are desperately needing medicine to help them eat and to remain alive." McDonald says in the video. "Don't criminalize it, and force people like my wife to go underground and commit crimes to spare the life of her son."
In 1997 McDonald's stepson was hit by a vehicle resulting in permanent medical conditions. Among his conditions was horrible chronic persistent nausea. None of the medications were helping much, that's when the McDonald's tried marijuana, and got effective results.
"Reform the system where it should be, but do not condemn my family and my son to a life of desperation rather than decency," McDonald continues. "Don't criminalize behavior of my wife, other mothers and fathers, or patients, who seek only to use the one plant that gives them some quality of life."
McDonald is currently a Phoenix attorney, he was formerly a Maricopa County Superior Court judge and U.S. Attorney.