Pubdate: Thu, 18 Jan 2007
Source: Concord Monitor (NH)
Copyright: 2007 Monitor Publishing Company
Author: Bruce M. Carleton Jr.
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


For The Monitor

Re "Bill aims to legalize marijuana use" (Monitor, Jan. 16): It won't 
happen - not with the mindset of our "leaders."

The History Channel has shown and re-shown the story of marijuana and 
how it came to be illegal. Do congressmen ever watch TV (other than 
football)? Those who would rule us should be required to watch 
educational TV now and then and maybe read a book or two about the real world.

Why is it, Mister Lawmaker, that you won't even allow medical 
researchers to study marijuana? What kind of evil do you think is in 
that flower anyway?

I've done a lot of research into drugs. I've never heard of anyone 
dying, becoming ill or losing their minds and going starkers from 
eating or smoking marijuana. And how many people lie bleeding in the 
road at this very moment because of your drug of choice?

Apart from the many humane reasons that exist, legalizing pot will 
bring down the price. You can tax it and pay for education. The 
police and courts will be able to concentrate on important things, 
like actual crime.

Legalization would give millions of Americans reason to believe you 
guys are people, too. That alone should be a reason to consider it. 
The way you guys are running things, you need all the friends you can get.

I have a personal stake in this bill. I have a condition listed on 
various marijuana bills. But it should be legal for healthy people, too.

I am a peace lover and do not steal from or harm anyone. I am, if 
anything, a benefit to society. There are many more like me. Would 
you arrest us all for the crime of trying to feel good while we 
explore our minds?

Legalizing marijuana might help some people get away from the drugs 
that really are harmful.

Bruce M. Carleton Jr.

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