Pubdate: Thu, 18 Aug 2005
Source: Daily Iowan, The (IA Edu)
Copyright: 2005 The Daily Iowan
Author: Stan White
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Tim Knab gets an arrow-splitting bull's-eye ("Marijuana helps the
ill," DI, July 29), explaining how the high cost of cannabis
prohibition is someone else's gain.

Another price that must be grasped is freedom of religion.

People have used cannabis for spiritual religious reasons throughout
history. That the United States would prohibit this spiritually
connected plant is a blatant failure to allow an environment conducive
to honest freedom of religion.

Fact is, the U.S. government perpetuates a dark, bloody, Biblically
sinful battle to eliminate cannabis and the cannabis culture. This
isn't just a corporation lying about a product; this is a government
stating it promotes freedom of religion yet denies my historically
legitimate religious culture that is acceptable to Christ God Our
Father. That is many things, but that's not freedom of religion.

By extension, the price of cannabis prohibition is peace. My culture
believes cannabis is the tree of life as written about in Revelations
22 and is for the healing of the nations. Without the tree of life,
what will heal the nations? Exterminate cannabis, the tree of life,
and how will the nations heal?

The cost of cannabis prohibition is higher than the buzz itself.

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.
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