Pubdate: Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Tommy Tirey


Re "Hasty decisions" (Newslines, by Meredith J. Cooper, Jan. 28):

The benefits of medical marijuana, both medically for patients and 
financially for the state and local governments, should be fair 
across the board. In the case of Colorado, the state has shown 
benefits for the schools and government through taxation.

To be fair, the cities that choose to "ban" the sale and distribution 
of medical cannabis also should be restricted from access to the tax 
revenue benefits offered by the state coffers. The prohibition scare 
tactics by the opponents of legalization and fair use under the 
medical marijuana bill of rights should not be governed by 
individuals at the city government level, as this process has been 
hashed out at the state government level and fairly voted on by the 
people. It should not be overridden by certain individuals who may or 
may not have political aspirations influencing their decisions.

The overpolicing of the people will lead to a mistrust of police and 
government and deprives the people as a whole of their freedoms, 
further decaying the due process that protects our rights to self 
govern through established voting methods.

Tommy Tirey

Yankee Hill
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