Pubdate: Fri, 19 Nov 2004
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 2004 The Sacramento Bee
Author: Jay Bergstrom
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Re "Sentencings cap medical pot saga," Nov. 3: Assistant U.S. Attorney 
Samuel Wong and Deputy Tracy Grant prosecuted vindictively. They were just 
following orders to stymie the implementation of the people's will as 
expressed in the Compassionate Use Act. The immediate victims here are 
Robert and Shawna Whiteaker.

When the state can put people in cages for a prohibited vegetable, the 
concepts of liberty and pursuit of happiness are diminished. Prohibition in 
the cause of a drug-free utopia is a titanic waste. Other means can be 
employed to reduce use - witness the decrease in tobacco smoking. Not one 
person had to be caged to make such impressive gains. There are more 
powerful tools than the law when truth is in your hand.

Wise up America, legalize.

Jay Bergstrom, Forest Ranch 
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