Pubdate: Sun, 14 Sep 2003
Source: Summit County Independent (CO)
Copyright: 2003 Summit County Independent Daily Newspaper.
Author: Stan White


Dear Editor:

(This letter was originally sent to Colorado Attorney General Ken

When visiting Summit County, Sept. 15, 2003, asking support for your
upcoming reelection bid, I request that you address an issue our
citizens support and that you stumbled with a few years back.

While the clear majority of Colorado citizens voted for Amendment 20,
allowing medical use of cannabis (marijuana) on Nov. 7, 2000, you
chose to reach to the Federal Government to interfere with the will
of the people by joining Governor Bill Owens, sending a joint letter
to acting Federal Attorney Richard Spriggs, calling on him to enforce
federal law and asking his office to prosecute anyone that prescribes,
uses or cultivates any marijuana for medicinal use, thus effectively
bypassing Colorado law.

It is regrettable, on the one hand to ask for our vote and accept our
money for that purpose, then on the other hand, show disrespect for
our will.

As the current overzealous Federal Government attacks citizens using
cannabis for medicinal use, on the increase in California, it may
become increasingly important for Colorado's Attorney General to
protect Colorado citizens regard-ing this issue.

Will you work hard to do that?

Summit County Democrats do not support Governor Owens or the war on
drugs; and we certainly don't support our Attorney General, caging humans
for using a plant - and that goes double when it comes to sick citizens
using cannabis to relieve pain and discomfort, within the law.

For the record, Summit County citizens, indeed the majority of
Colorado voters, would welcome credible drug law reform and controlling
current overuse of the incarceration system.


Stan White

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