I am appalled that Gov. Frank Murkowski is chiseling away at our rights again.
What better way than to outlaw marijuana than to classify it with
It doesn't take a genius to see that marijuana (a natural substance)
is nothing like the devastating methamphetamine epidemic.
Meth users look like the living dead. On the other hand, it is hard
to pick out a pot smoker. The truth is that you probably know at
least five people who smoke marijuana; it may be your doctor, the
waitress at the restaurant or even a relative.
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The state of Alaska is trying to make possession of marijuana a
federal offense. The Senate Health, Education, and Social Services
Committee is holding a hearing on Governor Murkowski's anti-marijuana
bill, seeking to overturn the Alaska Supreme Court's holding in Ravin
v. State, which recognized the constitutional right of Alaskans to
possess small amounts of marijuana in the privacy of their homes. In
addition to curtailing privacy rights, Murkowski's proposed
legislation would make possession of four or more ounces of marijuana
a Class C Felony - on par with incest and child pornography. The bills
would also increase sentences across the board and create several new
marijuana-related offenses. Passage of these bills would be a tragic
failure of reason and an inappropriate use of state power and resources.
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