Pubdate: Tue, 05 Nov 2002
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 2002 The Sacramento Bee
Author: Jay Bergstrom


I am moved by the frustration expressed by officer Don Pass in his Oct. 21 
letter, "Dangerous marijuana" Pass should visit, the Law 
Enforcement Against Prohibition Web site, and see that he is not alone.

The police are here to keep us from each other, not from ourselves. For 
that we have churches, parents and friends, thank you very much.

Six years after our Compassionate Use Act became law, enforcement cries 
confusion while pressing forward the pogrom against cannabis. This refrain 
of "not sick enough" is heard from the cop on the street executing punitive 
persecution, to the likes of U.S. Judge Frank Damrell while sentencing 
Bryan Epis to 10 years in prison.

But the sky steadfastly refuses to fall, as predicted by then-state 
Attorney General Dan Lungren in his argument against the act in the 1996 
voter information pamphlet.

I should be enjoying equal treatment before the law along with users of 
alcohol and tobacco. How long will the governed consent to tyranny?

- - Jay Bergstrom, Sacramento
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