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(Re: “Decriminalizing marijuana won’t help society,” cover story, April 16.) Dr. Coleman’s brand of quackery wouldn’t stand up to common sense if people would contact their representatives and tell them to simplify the definition of marijuana in Section 802, Item 16 of the CSA to be: “all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis Sativa L.” Period.
Jack Elam/via Internet
I have to start with this statement in regards to marijuana use. John states that excessive marijuana use may lead to severe and lasting psychosis. Prove it. Considering that the government will not allow any research on marijuana by blocking access to it, how can this man determine this? What is this statement based on? I hate this fucking statement! Fucking prove it!
Also, when he states that the FDA is there to protect our food and drug supply and goes on to say that we defeat this when we “approve” a toxic substance like marijuana through the political process rather than scientific research, it brings up two beefs. First, tobacco, highly toxic in every sense, goes against everything (I mean everything) the FDA was established for — everything. It’s legal. Second, and again, the government won’t allow scientific research. We need the political process to happen first.
And as far as much of the marijuana coming from beyond our borders, get with the times, dude. Since the ’70s with Nixon, most marijuana in the U.S. is grown right here in the U.S., indoors. Maybe in your neighbor’s basement. He probably started after his 401k disappeared. And it’s some of the best in the world. Thanks, Nixon. With the quality of cannabis being grown right in our own neighborhoods, the need to import it from other countries isn’t real anymore.
So please get your facts right. Get with the times and stop with the misinformation, you jerk. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing this man is around 50 to 60 years old and is still running off Harry Anslinger’s propaganda from 1937. Get some facts. It’s 2009!
I heart dank. Free all non-violent drug offenders.
Joe Francis/via Internet
Interesting and provocative
(Re: “The 4/20 experiment — and a proposed control,” Danish Plan, April 23.) I want to thank you for publishing Paul Danish’s editorial in the April 23-29 issue. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best editorial writer you have. Whether I agree with him, or not, he is always interesting and provocative. I particularly enjoy it when he pisses off everyone, from the far right to the far left. However, in this instance, I am just very grateful for his stand on legalization of marijuana. How can our elected officials look themselves in the mirror? How much longer can they continue to insist the emperor is wearing clothes? The continued obstinacy on this subject by our representatives leads any aware individual to conclude that they must in fact be representing the criminal element that profits from prohibition and not the honest people who have elected them.
Reform your lifestyle
Broad administrative and financial reform of our national health-care system, however it is accomplished, seems to make sense. But first we need to buy and plow under all the tobacco, and then cure or at least aggressively treat all lifestyle-related obesity. If we keep smoking and drinking high-fructose-corn-syrup sodas, no health-care scheme can keep up.
Insurance for everyone
I’m not one of those young adults who’s willing to just cross my fingers, hope that I don’t get hurt rather than insuring myself. I’m lucky to get my insurance partially paid for by my graduate program, but my husband, who’s about to become a new American, won’t have any protection at all.
Obama’s public health plan can help me get insurance I can afford for him, and if we’re looking at a 30 percent difference in premiums like studies are saying, that’s something all Americans should have access to if they so choose. What possible reason could there be not to make that choice possible?
Don’t defend torture
After years of secrecy, the Obama administration recently showed its commitment to transparency by releasing memos that reveal how senior Bush administration officials authorized cruel interrogations.
Now former Bush administration officials are trying to resuscitate a dead argument in support of torture. We know that torture is inhumane. We also know that torture is ineffective. We also deserve to know the truth about what happened.
Let’s not let these voices from the past impede our movement back toward the ideals and standards the United States stands for.
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