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September 25, 2012

Warren defends herself, blasts Brown

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On the ballot question that wou

ld legalize medical marijuana, Warren said, “I held my father’s hand when he died of cancer, and it’s really painful when you do something like that, up close and personal … If there’s something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who’s suffering, I’m in favor of that. Now I want to make sure they’ve got the right restrictions, I mean it should be like any other prescription drug, that there’s the right control over it.”

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n the other ballot question, which would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to qualified patients who request it, Warren said, “It’s trying to think through what the right answer is, but you know it’s hard to watch somebody die, and it’s hard to watch somebody you love die. And I turn in the direction of the more autonomy and dignity you can give to the person who is facing death, that that’s the right tilt. We’ve got to be careful about all the protections built into the system, but surely that’s going to be part of the right answer – the wishes of the person who’s dying.”

On her claim to be the descendent of Cherokee and Delaware American Indians, Warren said, “This is part of who I am. And it’s part of who my brothers are. I can’t deny who I am…. I didn’t use it for any personal benefit.”

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