Pubdate: Fri, 01 Aug 2014
Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)
Copyright: 2014 Chicago Tribune Company
Author: James E. Gierach


You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago
aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of
medicinal pot dispensaries (News, July 30). Instead of thinking so
hard about where medical marijuana should not be dispensed, aldermen
should swallow hard, forget the foolish historic prohibition of the
substance they formerly indulged in exchange for the reward of
constituent votes cut from the fabric of fear and instead allow
medical marijuana to be sold anywhere that other medicines can be sold.

Sick people do not benefit by distancing medicinal outlets. Marijuana
is a substance that helps people suffering from cancer, chemotherapy
and other serious illnesses.

God and Mother Nature allow marijuana to grow in just about any
ditch, field and neighborhood, and Chicago drug cartels and
street-gang dispensers already make sure the relatively benign
substance is readily available in most parks and on most school grounds.

- -- James E. Gierach, Palos Park
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