Pubdate: Sat, 10 Nov 2001
Source: Greensboro News & Record (NC)
Copyright: 2001 Greensboro News & Record, Inc.
Author: C. K. Caldwell
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


Man, oh man, will I sleep well tonight. The reason? The Rockingham County 
Sheriff's Department apprehended a violent desperado. His crime? Growing 
and curing "huge" quantities of that "awful" weed called (give up?) 
marijuana! In -- of all things dangerous -- a chicken coop. Actually, it 
was four 2-foot plants. You would think that there would be eggs in a 
chicken coop, but thanks to the Rockingham County Sheriff's effective drug 
patrol, we can breathe easier. Whew!

Can you imagine the crime wave that could ensue? Pardon me while I wipe the 
tears from my eyes from laughing. I'm sure this "criminal element" had 
considerable plans for the weed, probably to spread it all over the county 
(gasp!) or to use it personally.

I have a very close friend who is terminally ill with malignant melanoma. 
This cancer is extremely invasive and painful. The Dutch have legalized the 
use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, specifically to alleviate intense 

I feel marijuana should be legalized for terminally afflicted people so 
they won't suffer so much. I feel that we should decriminalize marijuana 
and free up law enforcement to expropriate "real" criminals who diffuse 
serious drugs like Ecstasy, MDA, heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, etc. Ad nauseam.

C.K. Caldwell, Reidsville
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