Pubdate: Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Source: Seattle Times (WA)
Copyright: 2005 The Seattle Times Company
Author: Mark Lemmon


The Supreme Court decision to allow the feds to go after sick and suffering 
people for using and growing the herb marijuana is not a decision based on 
compassion, but one compelled by the needs of the federal government and 
big corporations. Marijuana busts are a steady source of income for law 
enforcement, lawyers and corporate-run prisons.

There are about 700,000 busts a year resulting in fines, property seizures 
and jail sentences. What a rich harvest it will be! Now the feds can go 
after the sick and the dying!

The Supreme Court decision ensures the pharmaceutical industry will be able 
to force drugs on people at the normal 2,000 percent mark-up. Never mind 
those drugs don't work well and have their own side effects!

This is just one of the many ways the Bush administration will be able to 
pay for those soft-money campaign donations from the pharmaceutical 
industry! The Supreme Court decision is a slap in the face of the 
democratic process within a state. Think of the time, money and effort it 
took to get the medical-marijuana laws on the books!

Freedom of personal choice means nothing to those who feed the beast of 
tyranny. To all those countries that George Bush wants to bring "democracy" 
to, here is another fine example of what they have to look forward to!

Mark Lemmon, Ocean Shores