Pubdate: Wed, 04 Jun 2003
Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Copyright: 2003 The Sun-Times Co.
Author: David E. Palmer


A provision in the Office of National Drug Control Policy Re-authorization 
Act of 2003, currently being considered by the U.S. House would allow the 
nation's drug czar to use taxpayer dollars to oppose candidates and ballot 
initiatives that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

While I am highly skeptical of the purported medical benefits of marijuana, 
I believe it is inappropriate for a federal agency to be involved in 
electoral politics. The federal government should not be in the business of 
telling voters which candidates or ballot initiatives to vote for.

I hope that our members of Congress will resist any attempts to turn the 
Office of National Drug Control Policy into a precinct organization, and 
will ensure that it continues to do its job of keeping drugs off our streets.

David E. Palmer, Hyde Park
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