Pubdate: Thu, 11 Nov 1999
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 1999 Los Angeles Times
Contact:  Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053
Fax: (213) 237-4712
Author: R.L. Root


* How extremely ironic that the judge who ruled that Peter McWilliams and
Todd McCormick could not use Proposition 215 in their defense against
marijuana charges is named King, George ("Judge Bars Medical Need, Prop.
215 as Basis for Defense in Marijuana Trial," Nov. 6).

Throughout our state, oppressors persecute sick and dying people for using
a medicine that works.

Medical marijuana is the front line in the war on drugs.

Other battlegrounds include privacy rights, property rights, freedom of
association and right to due process.  The war on drugs is a war on people.

It has as much to do with drugs as the Boston Tea Party had to do with tea.
And just as King George's oppression of the colonists was basically
economic, the war on drugs continues and grows because it is a
multibillion-dollar industry.  Just as the drug warriors in Washington do
not plan on ever ending their cash-cow drug war, neither do the drug lords
want to see it ended.

R.L. Root, Westminster

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