Pubdate: Mon, 23 Feb 2004
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 2004 The Sacramento Bee
Author: Don Button


Re "Backing for law on medical pot climbs in poll," Jan. 30: Thanks for 
reporting on the poll showing 74 percent of California's registered voters 
support medical marijuana, and 63 percent have smoked pot. We are clearly 
fed up with vengeful drug war policies. Regardless of state law, the 
federal government, led by Attorney General John Ashcroft and President 
Bush, continues to come in to California and arrest otherwise law-abiding 
citizens for using medical marijuana - a medicine deemed legal by 
California voters and supported by a wide majority. The feds' overzealous 
prosecution of marijuana users (medical or not) is destroying more lives 
than the drug itself.

Times are changing. Nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates 
support medical marijuana. Also, most of the top gubernatorial candidates 
during the recall supported it, including Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Californians need to stand up against the DEA's Gestapo tactics. We also 
need to tell our governor to do the right thing - protect medical marijuana 
users from out-of-control federal agents.

- - Don Button, Sacramento
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