Pubdate: Fri, 24 Oct 2008
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)



By Loretta Nall

This is in response to The News article "Busted indoor pot farm" 
(Oct. 11), which was riddled with marijuana misinformation.

Authorities said growing marijuana hydroponically makes it more 
potent.  Hydroponics is simply a growing method.  It in no way 
increases the potency of marijuana or any other plant. Breeding and 
genetics can increase potency and quality, but the growing method 
itself has no bearing on the potency of the final product.

Authorities also claimed hydroponic marijuana is responsible for 
organized crime, home invasions, armed robberies, arsons and 
homicides.  So, the growing method is responsible for all that? Now, 
I have heard it all.  Why not throw child molestation and wife 
beating in there, too? Doing so couldn't possibly make that statement 
any less believable.

Prohibition is the reason for the majority of crime around any 
illicit substance.  If you support prohibition, you support crime. 
You support the drug dealers. Refusing to control and regulate the 
drug market enables all of this crime.

If Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale wants to talk about gateway 
theories, prohibition is the gateway to crime.

Hale said of the operation, "It would be impressive if it was a 
legitimate business." So, why not legitimize it and collect taxes to 
build the dome, pay off the sewer debt and use police resources to go 
after all those murderers in the Birmingham area? Why not grow 
marijuana for those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, 
multiple sclerosis and a whole host of other painful conditions that 
marijuana is good medicine for?

Loretta Nall

Executive director

Alabamians for Compassionate Care

Alexander City

Pubdate: Sun, 19 Oct 2008

Source: Birmingham News, The (AL)

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