Pubdate: Sat, 06 Feb 2016
Source: Tribune, The (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Copyright: 2016 The Tribune
Author: Alan Anderson


I read with interest Lon Allan's take on banning all marijuana 
growing, stores and mobile sales in Atascadero ("Atascadero's ban on 
marijuana, celebration of wine is a double standard," Jan. 26).

Him being the Luddite curmudgeon he has demonstrated and admitted to, 
I would expect no less. I guess he has no friends or associates who 
use medical marijuana for chronic pain or conditions. At least they 
don't admit it to him, because they fear his lecture on how using pot 
will lead them on to using heroin or crack cocaine for their 
arthritis or sciatica.

The canard that pot is a gateway drug has been pretty well debunked, 
but as Lon is not well read on scientific or technology matters, I 
would expect he is operating on unfounded opinion, not fact. If he 
knew the relief that pot gives to many users, he might not be so 
against its use. Or maybe not.

Alan Anderson, Atascadero
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