Pubdate: Sat, 21 Dec 2003
Source: Zephyr, The (IL)
Copyright: 2003, The Zephyr
Author: Richard J. Rawlings



I am very proud of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision to pardoned George Parry,
49, of Manito for a 27-year-old marijuana possession conviction. This is a
prime example of how ridiculously harsh the punishments are for marijuana.

This man has obviously been extremely generous to his community and state
throughout his life, and something so minor as possession of marijuana from
27 years ago threatened to destroy his life and the lives of his loved ones!

We the people need more people in power with this kind of logical views, and
less politics, big money and corporations running the show. We need a
government that is willing to invest in the people. We live in changing
times in a fast paced world, and our government needs to change with the

I hope that we can get it together and make it work for the people of this
once great land, that once was created for the people and now threatens to
destroy its people.

Thanks, Gov. Rod Blagojevich for your courage to make the right decision in
this case.

Richard J. Rawlings,
Illinois Marijuana Party
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