Pubdate: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 Source: Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA) Copyright: 2008 The Tribune Contact: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/391 Author: Allan Erickson Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v08/n747/a10.html FEDERAL POT FRAUD Many thanks to The Tribune for publishing Bob Cuddy's excellent column, "War trudges on in state versus federal pot laws" (Aug. 3). There are many people beyond the confines of California's Central Coast who watched the fiasco of the Charles Lynch trial. The feds, who have known since 1974 that cannabis is an effective agent in the fight against cancer (as well as many, many other conditions and diseases), are not about truth. They are, as the Lynch trial so clearly demonstrates, perpetuating a fraud (our pot laws) that are both strangling the essence of justice as a principle of law and destroying the most basic and fundamental laws of our nation -- our Constitution. The hypocrisy of the feds in denying the accused any mention of pot as medicine is laid bare for all to see when the federal government itself remains the sole legal supplier of medical marijuana in the United States. The federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug program (CIND) still distributes about a half pound of medical pot each month to the few remaining patients enrolled in this program. But such is the power of the corrupt bureaucratic behemoth that our drug war has become. The federal lie is blatant and with nearly 80 percent of our nation's citizens in favor of patient access to medical marijuana ... truly, the emperor wears no clothes. Allan Erickson Eugene, Ore.