"Marijuana has proven its medical efficacy. This bill is about more than just commonsense, it’s about compassion. As the law stands these patients are faced with the daunting decision between foregoing much needed relief and committing a criminal act. These seriously ill patients do not always have the luxury of popping a pill to ease their suffering. For some, relief cannot be found in the pharmaceuticals available to them. For others, the side effects of such drugs are too harsh to handle."