Pubdate: Sun, 17 Apr 2005
Source: Juneau Empire (AK)
Copyright: 2005 Southeastern Newspaper Corp
Author: Jerome Thompson


Kudos to Mr. John Colman-Pinning in his letter of April 11 for not
only spotlighting the absurdities of the dominant paradigm but for
also pointing out yet another example of the narrow-minded hypocrisy
of U.S. society's opinions of what is and isn't acceptable and how
corporations use their endless wealth, lobbyists, and multi-million
dollar ad campaigns to manipulate these opinions to their favor.

I have always felt that if cannabis wasn't such a hardy plant (able to
grow in virtually everybody's back yard) and was as difficult to
produce as say a good liquor, corporations would be able to produce
the supply needed to meet the demand without private competition, thus
bringing commercial marijuana to market at very high profit margins
(much as they do now with beer, wine, spirits and cigarettes). In this
scenario, I can't help but imagine a whole different tune being sung
about what should and shouldn't be legal by corporate America and the
government entities that would reap the riches of sales and taxation
of this product.

Sadly the resiliency of this plant that is not only fun to smoke but
that could also replace some to many of our fabric, paper, oil,
plastics, pharmacological, and perhaps yet undiscovered needs, is a
threat to all that is corporate in America. Anytime you place the
ability to produce and use a highly sought after product out of the
market and into the hands of the individual the very foundation of
profitable capitalism is threatened. This threat of increased
individual freedom and decreased corporate control is counter to what
is discussed in boardrooms all across this ill-informed land of sheep
like followers and thus must remain an evil and vile substance with a
never-ending advertisement of fabricated demons possessing any who
would support its legalization and or use.

I say let's legalize the consumption of marijuana for just one day.
I'd bet no one dies, kills anyone, beats up anyone, rapes anyone,
loses their job, wrecks their car, or experiences any other accepted
consequence that commonly occurs with use of society-approved alcohol.
Just one day of legal marijuana use by all citizens and officials of
the state of Alaska, then let's take another vote on whether or not to
make it legal all the time.

I say let everyone experience the facts for themselves, and then they
can make an "informed" decision for a change.


North Webster, Ind.
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