Pubdate: Mon, 09 Oct 2000
Source: Anchorage Daily News (AK)
Copyright: 2000 The Anchorage Daily News
Author: Richard Kidd


It might be a close vote, but I hope the herb becomes totally legal. I've 
known up close its properties and effects for some 32 years.

If it passes, you pro-voters will be part of a great historic event and 
statement of liberty to the world. Tell Wev Shea that we Alaskans are more 
tolerant of each other than in other places. That's the message. Sorry, 
it's not going away.

I figure there would be some influx of people from the Lower 48, like 
pilgrims fleeing repression in the colonization of America.

Perhaps there would be investors in the paper and cloth 
processing/production industry if hemp does OK with our short growing 
season. Can you imagine the quantity of job applicants?

Honestly, pot smokers I've known have been inspired, industrious 
individuals, certainly not dangerous, and it's time we quit turning good 
people into criminals. Not that I encourage or recommend smoking marijuana 
before driving, nor would it be legal, but what coffee drinkers do you fear 
behind the wheel?

Personally, I hope everyone who can get a seed grows a backyard garden. If 
the law fails to go into effect, we will beat it by jury trial by our 
peers. Save your stalks!

If everyone can legally grow, it would be much less profitable to grow and 
save taxpayer-funded incarceration, court and enforcement wastes of time 
and money.

- -- Richard Kidd

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