Police dispatcher fired for buying po...

Police dispatcher fired for buying pot says she did right thing

There are 322 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 16, 2009, titled Police dispatcher fired for buying pot says she did right thing. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Laura Llanes does not regret buying her aunt marijuana, even though it has cost her a job as police dispatcher.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Mar 16, 2009
Vey happy we are keping these 60 year old pot heads with major deasese away from this stuff?

I don't want to be rude but don't others have better to do? And yes I read the police did not do this, some idiot did!
John Public

United States

#2 Mar 16, 2009
Another outrage and tragedy in the War on Some Drugs.

Will a S.W.A.T. team now be descending on the elderly aunt in the middle of the night? With a no-knock warrant, of course.
Fast Eddie

Lisle, IL

#3 Mar 16, 2009
State Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale) said she opposes the bill because it lacks support from the greater medical community. "There is absolutely no control over this by a pharmacy,"
This is the reason why Pot is outlawed. They cannot figure out how to make the money of off Pot that they do off of the pills and liquor.
Anyone can grow Pot and it will take money away from Liquor and Big Pharmacy so Pots kept out of the public domain.
Look up who are the sponsors for "Partnership for a Drug Free America".


West Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 16, 2009
I wish peace and comfort for your Aunt. I pray that her suffering may somehow be mitigated. I would have done EXACTLY the same thing. As a matter of fact, I'd be more than happy to pick up her next marijuana purchase for her. If I were arrrested and jailed, my conscience wouls not suffer at all. My reference point for this position is Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail". You have suffered an injustice. You engaged in an act of COMPASSION. Your intent was to alleviate suffering and pain. I REFUSE TO CONDEMN YOU- and ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR COMPASSION. "Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall recieve compassion". You defintely will feel the compassion of God. Thank you for trying to alleviate the pain and suffering of your aunt. One of these days you will be considered a "trailblazer".. Too bad in most places in this world this is an accepted medical practice- it is not a trail it is a well traveled road. But as always before a trail can become a road it must be "blazed". Thank you for your courage.

Huntley, IL

#6 Mar 16, 2009
I too would have done the same thing not once nor twice but as many times as it would have taken to make my aunt feel better. I too agree that the government can't find a way to tax and profit from weed. If they legalized this "drug" maybe the police would have time to focus on bigger and better issues..(cocaine, ecstasy, child molesters..etc.etc)

I'm not saying everyone should do it but come on.

Chicago, IL

#7 Mar 16, 2009
Maybe they should ban marijuana; or make it illegal to posess marijuana; or make it illegal to grow marijuana; or make a law making it illegal to transfer marijuana to someone without doing a background check on the person first. Perhaps marijuanists should have to buy a one million dollar insurance policy in case they cause harm to themselves or someone else with their "wacky tobbakee".

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 16, 2009
I think you did what you thought was best for your aunt. The 911 supervisor and who ever else made the decision to fire you went a little overboard in having you fired. I guess the code of silence can be a good thing!
Bankrupt Trib

Champaign, IL

#9 Mar 16, 2009
I hope her co-workers have a painful illness that there is no cure for. RATS have taken over this state.
Billy Buoy

Algonquin, IL

#10 Mar 16, 2009
So what was the reason to inform co workers of this? Obviously they had/have it out for you----keep your mouth shut when breaking the law and you have less chances of getting caught...good grief you worked in the law enforcement field---you know this.

Were you trying to be a big shot or something or did they bait you into giving them info they could use to get rid of you? Nice bunch over there...not too worry, they'll now have each other to work on getting rid of.

Hope I never have an emergency in that area.

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 16, 2009
Billy Bob wrote:
There a mulitude fo medicines for pain control. Why the pot?
Billy Bob, it isn't just the pain (although marijuana can be used for pain management). Marijuana is also used to combat the severe nausea associated with chemotherapy.
You are correct in stating that there are multitude of pain medications out there. However, many are quite addictive and not very well tolerated by certain people. Many of the ones that you read about in the news (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norco, and the like) are opioids (opium derivatives). If someone is on these long term, they often realize that they have to take higher and higher doses to get the same pain relief. At the same time, they're experiencing the common side effects (drowsiness, confusion, constipation). That is quite frustrating.
So, many people (who don't want to be pain medication addicts) go through the whole litany of "pain medications." They work their way through the opiods, NSAIDS, opiates, nerve blockers, steroids, and muscle relaxants. Somewhere along the line, the doctor will kind of mention (and this is not any strip mall doctor) that marijuana is good for pain.
That is what happened to me. I don't do it very often, but every so often, when the pain has gotten bad enough that my normal medications don't work, I have a nighttime puff in order to fall asleep and then be able to walk the next day.
I am 30 years old and was the D.A.R.E. poster child for most of my life until I developed this debilitating nerve pain. No one, except for my 'dealer' and my husband, knows about my very occasional smoking. The THC pills did nothing, but I still have a prescription for it (just in case).
When a friend of mine had lymphoma, she tried everything (and I mean everything) to stop the nausea and the pain. Finally, she went with what her doctor first suggested - marijuana.
There are a lot of medications for the chemo-related nausea, but like pain medication, it doesn't work on everyone.
I question the State Senator's statement that the greater medical community does not support medicinal marijuana. Almost every doctor I know does support such a law, with a proper scope.

Bensenville, IL

#12 Mar 16, 2009

There is an agenda behind these types of articles.

No one wants cancer patients to suffer, and while there should be a remedy for cancer patients, it is NOT to legalize dope for the MILLIONS that will access it.

I know because my parents were killed by a man who was DUI, yet hadn't had one drink.

That's right. He was high!

Through the court process he admitted to smoking a joint with a friend prior to getting behind the wheel of his truck.

My parents where on their way home from seeing their second grandchilds live birth. It was the last thing they enjoyed in their lives.

So please, don't tell me this is a harmless drug, because it was my delivery they witnessed.
rightwing nutbag

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2009
Chicago wrote:
There are a lot of medications for the chemo-related nausea, but like pain medication, it doesn't work on everyone.
Only medications that profit the pharmaceutical industry should be legal.

Overland Park, KS

#15 Mar 16, 2009
It is time to call off the old, tired superstition against marijuana. At the very least, for those who are sick and could use it to help them feel better.

Pot should have the same prohibitions as alcohol: You don't give it to the kids, and you don't drive under the influence.

It should also have a tax on it, similar to that on alcoholic beverages.

The huge amount of money and time spent on pot enforcement is ridiculous.

Furthermore -- What scenario is worse for a young person? That he smokes a little weed once in a while, or that he gets arrested and put into the system ... and perhaps has his life ruined because of it?

Wake up, people. Pot is, demonstrably, far less dangerous than alcohol.

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 16, 2009
No Susan. I'm sorry for your loss but your comment is very short-sighted in assuming that we want pot legalized for everyone. I, for one, do not. I just want it legalized for those who are genuinely sick and have it prescribed by a doctor. Unfortunately, people like you can't even see that. It's all or nothing for you.
My father died of cancer last year. The chemotherapy made him so ill, he was not able to eat for the last 4 weeks of his life. He dropped over 100 pounds in that time frame. People such as my father, who could have benefitted from medicinal marijuana, are too sick to get behind the wheel of a car, much less kill someone in an auto accident. He just wanted to get well enough to get through the day.

Hoffman Estates, IL

#17 Mar 16, 2009
Billy Bob wrote:
There a mulitude fo medicines for pain control. Why the pot?
It's not for pain control - it stops the nausea from chemo & radiation.
Red Heart

Mchenry, IL

#18 Mar 17, 2009
Chicago wrote:
<quoted text>
When a friend of mine had lymphoma, she tried everything (and I mean everything) to stop the nausea and the pain. Finally, she went with what her doctor first suggested - marijuana.
There are a lot of medications for the chemo-related nausea, but like pain medication, it doesn't work on everyone.
Chicago, I had the EXACT experience. I don't recall the name of the one drug, but they were $60 A PILL,(which my insurance covered) but it did nothing for the nausea. My Oncologist brought up marijuana after trying numerous drugs to try get the nausea under control.

There are many people that go through h/e/l/l/ with their disease as it is, why add insult to injury by making them suffer even more. To serve what purpose?

Laura made the mistake of telling her employers when asked. What she should have said was because of HIPPA laws she could not discuss her aunts condition, end of story.

Since: Jun 08

Chicago, IL

#19 Mar 17, 2009
Billy Bob wrote:
There a mulitude fo medicines for pain control. Why the pot?
You are an idiot. The pot has little to do with pain, although it helps, but more to do with nausea and loss of apetite. When my Mom was dying of Cancer I told my Dad, if she doesn't start eating in two days I'm getting her pot to stimulate her apetite. He did not argue. He was 75. This ban on pot is stupid.
West Dundee

Cary, IL

#20 Mar 17, 2009
I went through radiation this past summer, I'm still nauseated, I have problems finding foods I can tollerate. I'm in pain, but my platelets are low and my doctor doesn't want me to take anything, not even NASAIDs. I've considered smoking pot, even though I've never smoked anything, ever. I just want the nausea to go away.
Laura Llanes

Fox Lake, IL

#21 Mar 17, 2009
I am the dispatcher in the article. I just want to clarify a few things.

To: Billy Bob---It wasn't for pain!!!--read the article again!

To: Everyone Else:

I am trying to speak up for medicinal marijuana. Marijuana has been proven to help and has been legalized in 13 states for medicinal use.

And to the girl who lost her parents to someone driving High....I am sorry for your loss but do you really think a Cancer patient on chemo who is sick and can't eat is really going to be getting behind the wheel of a car?

Everyone is scared to talk about this subject and I am losing everything - MY JOB-MY CAREER-and my reputation because I thought people were fundamentally decent. Yes, I work in 9-1-1 and I know that my biggest mistake was opening my mouth in the first place. I was not trying to be a "big shot" - Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, you become family with your co-workers.

I am not ashamed of why I got fired. I am only ashamed that I trusted my faith in the goodness of people. I was ultimately betrayed by a co-worker.

Yes, I committed an illegal act but do I deserve to be banished from my career for buying $20 worth of pot for a cancer patient?

Medicinal Marijuana can be controlled, just ask the 13 states already doing it. Why should the rest of the country's cancer patients suffer because local government officials are so afraid of this subject.

Hopkins, MN

#22 Mar 17, 2009
This woman was perfectly justified in buying the weed to help a relative deal with her chemo-induced nausea. But she was shortsighted re telling coworkers what she did.

"Small talk" with coworkers about personal matters (especially if they have petty jealousies or issues with you) can be a very bad thing, especially in a police department environment.

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