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Richard Kearns, AIDSoverSIXTY shames LA City Council for “bailing on vigil” with medical cannabis


Person Living w/AIDS Richard Kearns shames LA City Council for “bailing on vigil” with medical cannabis
by Richard Kearns, November 23, 2011

Good morning President Garcetti, distinguished council members. My name is Richard Kearns. I am a 60-year-old gay man. I’ve had AIDS for the last 30 years.

I am dying.

I weigh 127 pounds. I am standing in front of you in diapers.

This business about kicking out the medical cannabis ordinance is shameful.

Shame on you.

I want to recommend a very  good two-part article to you [one and two] that appeared in the LA Times by Kurt Streeter Sunday and Monday on the hospice for the terminally ill inside prison in Los Angeles.

During the last 72 hours of a dying person’s life in prison, they’re put on “vigil” — there’s always someone with them until the moment they die.

What have you done with this ordinance?

You bailed on that. You bailed on your vigil.

Shame on you.

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