Pubdate: Wed, 12 Jul 2000
Source: Journal Gazette (IN)
Copyright: 2000 Journal Gazette
Contact:  600 W. Main Street, Ft. Wayne, IN. 46802
Fax: (219) 461-8648
Author: Terry Giese


As a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 
I take exception to Rep. Souder's letter of July 2. He stated that "NORML's 
sole mission in all its years of existence has been the legalization of 
marijuana for everyone." NORML's mission is quite simple; "No adult in the 
privacy of their own home should ever face criminal prosecution for the 
possession of this plant."

Souder uses fear tactics to keep the war on marijuana alive by trying to 
make voters believe that NORML wants to turn our children on. Nothing is 
further from the truth.

In every state where the citizens are allowed to vote on medical marijuana, 
it has been overwhelmingly accepted. The states are tired of wasting their 
limited tax dollars on arresting sick people. Quite wisely, they have 
decided to let the federal government do this.

Souder bemoans the "well funded activists" who are trying to legalize this 
plant. He says nothing about the $7.5 billion dollars the federal 
government spends each year keeping this plant illegal. Talk about "well 

Terry Giese, Fort Wayne
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