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Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:54 pm
DETROIT -- Rochelle Lampkin has become an unlikely advocate in a referendum campaign to allow the use of medical marijuana in Detroit.
The 45-year-old sufferer of multiple sclerosis, who uses marijuana to alleviate what she calls debilitating pain caused by the degenerative disease, does not aspire to political activism. She says she merely wants to be free of pain and is speaking out on the medical benefits of marijuana in advance of the Aug. 3 citywide referendum called Proposal M.
"I don't want sympathy, I just want to be able to fight for my quality of life," Lampkin said at her government-subsidized apartment where she takes a number of prescription drugs for the condition she has endured since her early 20s. "I've hurt so bad that I don't know my own name. Especially my eyes and my head. My legs are bad, too.
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