Pubdate: Fri, 25 Jan 2008
Source: Concord Monitor (NH)
Copyright: 2008 Monitor Publishing Company
Author: Bruce M. Carleton Jr.


To lawmakers: Alcohol is a drug that has caused more  misery than all
the other drugs in the world combined.

The reason alcohol is not forbidden because lawmakers  use it and like
it - and it's good for the economy.  Never mind that it's probably
killed someone,  somewhere, during the time spent typing these words.

Marijuana, on the other hand, is God-given, causes  munchies, turns up
the senses and sometimes helps you  get to know yourself a bit better
than you might  otherwise.

All this it does and more, without hangover or  headache. In the more
than 40 years that I've been  aware of its existence, I've never seen
it cause any  harm to anyone.

Don't you think there's enough fighting and arguing in  this world?
There's a whole bunch of us folk that most  sincerely wish that you'd
stop pickin' on us. Why don't  you call off this war against your own
brothers and  sisters and take a good look at yourselves?

It's not right that a sizable portion of the population  is persecuted
for doing something that you do not  personally approve of. Especially
when you don't really  know what it is that you're against.

Do you have the slightest idea what it's like to a  peaceful citizen
living under the threat of being  arrested for doing something that
you believe to be  right and good?

Please Mr. or Ms. Lawmaker, when your chance comes  along, try to find
a little compassion. Ask yourself if  you really know enough to pass
judgment. The soul you  save just may be your own.

Bruce M. Carleton Jr.

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