Are you a father, Mr. Sabet? I suspect not, because if you had a child like my little girl Becca, you would understand the gut-wrenching suffering she experiences every day. It is the most painful experience a parent can endure -- and it's why I'm fighting for medical marijuana reform in Florida.
I reference Nancy Smith's March 5 commentary, "Anti-Legalization Advocate Trying to Snuff Out Medical Marijuana Bill,"to remind other readers about the subject of this letter.
Mr. Sabet, you suggest that instead of my elected representatives in Tallahassee taking action to bring my daughter and tens of thousands of other kids relief, that they should apply for clinical trials. What you are asking is that families like mine pray and pray that they'll be accepted into a trial that may or may not even exist in Florida -- which the vast majority of people will not have access to.
I know you are the director of the University of Florida's Drug Policy Institute, but I hate to break the news to you: Your qualifications on this issue are questionable. A couple of years working for the Obama administration doesn't carry much weight here in Tallahassee.
Legislators and patient families like mine are wondering why you decided to interject yourself in this legislation on the eve of its first committee vote? And why haven't you registered to lobby the Legislature on this issue?
Are you lobbying on behalf of your employer, the University of Florida? Is someone else paying your fees? Or are you just trying to scuttle this important legislation out of the goodness of your heart?
Ultimately, this is not about you. Its about allowing desperate parents like me to have the choice, to work with our physicians to administer potentially life-saving alternatives to our children.
Mr. Sabet, I hope you never have to experience what I go through every day with my child. But if you did, I promise you would be right here with me, working with our legislators to bring relief to kids like Becca.
Ill leave you with this: If a world-class neurosurgeon like CNNs Dr. Sanjay Gupta can change his mind on medical marijuana, maybe you can as well. He's certainly a heck of a lot smarter than I am.
Seth Hyman and his family -- wifeDanielle and 8-year-old Rebecca -- live in Weston.