Pubdate: Thu, 19 Mar 2009
Source: Ukiah Daily Journal, The (CA)
Copyright: 2009 The Ukiah Daily Journal
Author: Ralph Givens


To the Editor:

Letter writer Dennis Scoles displays ignorance when he tries to cite
the Bible to support drug prohibition. Nowhere in the scriptures is
there any authorization to punish someone for consuming a plant made
by Almighty God (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Scoles' allusion to alcohol being
forbidden by the Bible is just plain wrong. Jesus was a lifelong wine
drinker. His first miracle was making more than 40 gallons of wine for
a wedding party in Cana. Jesus passed wine around to his disciples
during the Last Supper. So where's Scoles' proof that alcohol should
be banned? (As though Alcohol Prohibition was not a societal disaster.)

Alcohol is the most dangerous drug on the planet, but instead of
prohibition, the Bible offers warnings against drunkenness and
overindulgence. No punishment is ever authorized for being a drunk or
a drug addict.

THC percentages are meaningless because marijuana is the least toxic
drug known to mankind. According to DEA Administrative Law Judge
Francis L. Young a lethal dose of marijuana would require an adult to
smoke 1,500 pounds of cannabis in 15 minutes.

Even if pot potency increased 500 percent it would still require
smoking 300 pounds of marijuana in a few minutes to cause a lethal
reaction. The impossibility of consuming a fatal dose of marijuana
cannot be disputed.

Ralph Givens

Daly City
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