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Lori Burnam, Heroine To Medical Marijuana Patients, Dies

Posted on  January 17, 2013 by  News Admin

  Burnam's Bout with Cancer, Emphysema & Glaucoma Has Ended, But Her Fight for Common Sense Marijuana Laws Remains   Lori Burnam of Hamilton, Montana -- a much-loved and admired champion of medical marijuana patients' rights -- has died. But the principles she stood for and the goals she worked for will not be forgotten or neglected, according to Chris Lindsey, president of Montana Next, a marijuana education group. "Lori Burnam's legacy is one of compassion for others and respect for scientific facts and reality," Lindsey said. "Thousands of Montanans have been inspired by the kindness of her life and her effective advocacy for common sense marijuana laws, and all of us intend to continue working for Lori's goals." Burnam, 66, died last Thursday afternoon in her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.  She suffered from cancer, emphysema and glaucoma, and used medical marijuana successfully for years to reduce her suffering and prolong her life. Lori Burnam is featured in Code of the West, the nationally renowned documentary film about medical marijuana in Montana. In the film, she reports that her doctor had expected her to die years earlier, and that her longer life and better quality of life were a direct result of using medical marijuana rather than opiates to treat her cancer. The marijuana also helped prevent her glaucoma from worsening. Most recently, Burnam and her oxygen tank appeared in state court, where she testified before Judge Reynolds that the new medical marijuana law was preventing her from maintaining a...