L.A. Parker sounds like a politician in his column, "City men hit
death lottery." He proposes to deal with the problem of gang violence
by concentrating on elementary school children.
That's a politician's feel-good proposal whose results wouldn'tbe
known for 10 years or more. It does nothing to address the problem of
gang violence now.
Guess what? It won't work in 10 years, either. Actions against gangs
speak louder than any indoctrinating words to children.
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Terrence Farley, Ocean County first assistant prosecutor, continues to
deny that there is scientific evidence that supports marijuana as
medicine. In 1988, the Drug Enforcement Administration concluded two
years of hearings on the issue of medical marijuana. The DEA's own
Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, found that:
"The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been
accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very
ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It
would be unreasoning, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue
to stand between those sufferers and the benefit of this substance in
light of the evidence in this record."
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The federal government's campaign against seriously ill Americans who use
marijuana medicinally is an atrocity in the "war on drugs" ("Federal
Boondoggle - Use of medical marijuana by terminally ill under siege," The
Times, March 3, 2002.) Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) recently closed several dispensaries in California that were
providing marijuana to over a thousand patients. Even in the midst of a
war, it is considered humane to allow the sick and dying to be medically
treated. It is inhumane to do otherwise.
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