Pubdate: [Sat, 01 Mar 1997]
Source: Skagit Valley Herald (WA)
Author: Jason A. Potts

I found the Bigelow piece to be informative and refreshing, a breath of
fresh air in an otherwise pungent atmosphere of politics and propaganda.
Her article has led me to seek further education on the subject.

In light of all the excellent characteristics of this plant, it seems
heavy-handed and self-serving to continue the ban based on a prohibitionist
war waged against our people for more than 60 years.

The main reason that marijuana was made illegal was due to the excellent
material that could be made from hemp. A textile mogul with political ties
funded the "reefer madness" campaign and eliminated his competition.
Reference: "The Emperor Wears No Clothes," by Jack Herer.

Jason Alexander Potts
Blue Springs, Mo.