Pubdate: Sun, 29 Apr 2001
Source: Anchorage Daily News (AK)
Copyright: 2001 The Anchorage Daily News
Author: Richard Olson
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


I'm glad a full 41 percent of Alaskans voted hemp/marijuana legal in nearly 
every way, shape and form. And rightly it should be legal. This I say 
having had close acquaintance with this herb for over 30 years.

If Shakespeare or an African Pygmy had/has the liberty, why does our 
government prohibit it? Any why governmental law but not the culture of the 
people? Which is worse, unfounded fear of the masses or liberty of each to 
their own?

Are you going to imprison the terminally ill? Are you going to tell my 
child I am a criminal while you sip your martini? Would you prohibit all 
other positive use of this plant with close-minded paranoia?

I want to grow hemp. It was used before and during biblical times. The 
original U.S. flag of the 13 colonies was made of hemp.

This issue continues to irritate me. But I can't envision marijuana's 
long-term prohibition because of its enjoyment by both young and old.

Freedom's worst enemy is fear of our fellows. In our fear we hide, build 
walls and place locks. Freedom is lost quickest when those who witness an 
injustice neglect their duty to speak out against it. Some good-hearted, 
helpful people are imprisoned.

Don't give up yet, fellow Alaskans! If it can be done in any state, it can 
be done here!

Richard Olson Homer
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