Pubdate: Fri, 10 Sep 1999
Source: Herald, The (WA)
Copyright: 1999 The Daily Herald Co.
Author: DARRAL GOOD, Lynnwood
Note:  The author is a Board Member and Information Officer for the
Washington Hemp Education Network  (W.H.E.N.), Olympia, Washington.


No Reason Not To Legalize It

I very much agree with Craig Finnerty of Edmonds that marijuana prohibition
is futile (Letters, Sept. 1, "Legalizing marijuana: Time to wake up to
reality"). That is why I am supporting Initiative 229 to change the
marijuana laws in this state. Please visit the Web site for more information.

On March 17, the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine
reported a ground-breaking study that concluded that everything our
government has been telling us about this plant since 1937 has been a lie.

It does not lead to harder drugs, is not addictive, and has proven medicinal
value that certainly outweigh any side effects.

It is legal in several states now for medical use and low THC hemp is being
shown in Canada to be a crop that may save the American family farmers by
being grown for its fiber.

Thomas Jefferson grew it on his farm at Monticello. Why can't we? Surely we
can find a better use for the millions we spend trying to eradicate this
valuable plant.

Darral Good, Lynnwood

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