Pubdate: Thu, 10 Oct 2002
Source: Las Vegas City Life (NV)
Copyright: 2002sLas Vegas City Life
Author: Eugenie Throckmorton
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)
Bookmark: (Nevadans for Responsible Law
Bookmark: (Question 9 (NV))


Regarding "Just say no to marijuana initiative rhetoric" [Oct. 3]: I don't 
smoke pot. I don't use tobacco. A big bottle of rum to flavor my tea and 
baking lasts me a year. I don't have bill collectors coming to my door. 
I've had no moving traffic violations during my 47 years in Southern 
Nevada. In other words, I'm a responsible citizen. Democracy requires 
responsibility. Our country promotes democracy throughout the world to 
provide all people with freedom. And freedom is what I want when it comes 
to the marijuana initiative in the coming election.

I'm old. Though healthy now, I would use marijuana to provide comfort for 
the aches and pains of aging. I've spoken with several people whose family 
members suffered severe pain prior to death and wanted sufficient marijuana 
as a palliative without side effects. State licensing will allow doctors to 
prescribe it, and state oversight will assure a product without dangerous 

We're in scaredy-cat mode these days - we're fixated on what might happen. 
Now is the time to protect our freedoms by exercising them. Decriminalizing 
the use of marijuana should not depend on what the police and other 
authorities see in their crystal ball. Parents or individuals should have 
the responsibility of dealing with alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana in the 
privacy of their homes.

This is a democracy. We don't need Taliban kind of control from our 
authorities that results in suffering and loss of personal freedom.

- -Eugenie Throckmorton

Las Vegas
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