SEATTLE -- Several times a week for the past two years, felons on supervision have asked the Washington state Department of Corrections for special permission to use medical marijuana.
Some of the requests, which are signed by doctors, are vague, listing just "chronic pain" as the reason for the drug. But others describe agony: anorexia from AIDS or chronic vomiting from chemotherapy.
As regular as rain, the state's Department of Corrections (DOC) has turned down nearly all of them. Out of 320 requests, seven people have gotten permission -- a select group that includes a forger wasting away from AIDS and a white-haired grandmother named Kathy Parkins with fibromyalgia.