Man Says Marijuana Helps Treat Side Effects Of HIV

May 14, 2006

Associated Press, CBS-4 Denver

A man who claims he smokes marijuana to treat the side effects of medication he takes for HIV will stand trial for possessing the drug, a judge ruled Monday. David La Goy, 46, was cited for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession in March, nearly five months after voters in November approved legalizing adult possession of small amounts of the drug.

"He throws up the drugs and lays in bed and doesn't do anything," Sean McAllister said of his client's reaction to HIV treatment. "Marijuana is the only effective medicine."

Prosecutor Tiffanie Bleau said La Goy hasn't sought medical marijuana prescriptions from the Colorado AIDS Project or taken medicine to fight nausea in the past eight years.

"I don't think all viable options have been pursued," she said. "He has to make at least some effort."

His trial is scheduled for September.

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