Pubdate: Thu, 04 Sep 2014
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2014 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Tim Mullin


I am a native Floridian, born at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1953. I 
am now 61 years old and for as long as I can remember, marijuana has 
always been here - and readily available to just about anyone. I 
don't understand what the big deal is about.

There are those who say it will become even more available to our 
children if voters approve Amendment 2, which would legalize medical 
marijuana, in November. The scare tactics being used by the 
anti-legalization forces are almost laughable.

I am a Vietnam Veteran who is 100 percent disabled, mostly due to 
chronic PTSD. I have told my VA doctors that were it not for 
marijuana, I would probably be dead or rotting in a prison somewhere.

I have smoked since the day I returned home from Vietnam, and will 
continue to do so until the day the Lord takes me home. And I am not 
alone. Veterans from all wars are either smoking marijuana or 
consuming edibles containing the drug.

The anti-legalization groups should stop the scare tactics and do 
some investigating on their own to find out why 88 percent of 
Floridians are willing to vote "Yes" on Amendment 2.

Tim Mullin, Plantation
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