Pubdate: Tue, 04 Feb 1997
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA)
Author: Gerald M. Sutliff

Dear Editor,

Your editorial is timely and makes good sense. Attorney General Lungren
efforts to regulate card-rooms are meritorious. You state he wants, "bring
controls to this form of gambling that poses an easy target for money
laundering, loan sharking and other crimes." You not further that the
states 203 card rooms operate unchecked. No one oversees that clubs
operate legally" and you end with, "Californians should be able to rest
assured that those establishments operate within the law."

Oh, were it so that Mr. Lungren could apply this logic to the "medicinal
marijuana" operations. For an excellent example of how this might be done
he should call his counter part in Boston, MA and learn how Governor Weld
and the state are trying to regulate medicinal marijuana in a way that
assures proper use for medicinal effect while protecting its states doctors
from the federal government over reaching ban on the substance to which
Californians have demanded access.

Very truly yours
Gerald M. Sutliff