Pubdate: Wed, 01 May 2002
Source: Newsday (NY)
Copyright: 2002 Newsday Inc.
Author: Stephen Heath


Well, once again we learn that the only way to die from marijuana use 
is to be shot by a police officer or an illegal dealer ["Cop Kills 
Bellport Man," April 21]. What a tragic tale for both the victim and 
the officer. I don't envy the officer's future lack of sleep as he 
ponders killing someone while executing a search warrant that 
revealed (gasp!) a half pound of marijuana, worth less than $500 on 
the street.

And what's with "eight specially trained officers" executing a search 
warrant with submachine guns and shields? Large quantities of 
marijuana aren't easily disposed of at short notice. If police were 
concerned for their safety, why not just surround the house and 
knock? Isn't it time we reconsider our failed policies concerning 
responsible adult marijuana use?

Stephen Heath

Clearwater, Fla.
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