Pubdate: Fri, 09 Sep 2005
Source: Isthmus (WI)
Copyright: 2005 Isthmus
Author: Stephen Heath


Letter writer Gary Storck (7/22/05) provides interesting personal insight 
about Ald. Zach Brandon.  Whether Mr. Brandon's lack of support for a 
statewide law permitting legal access to medical marijuana makes him a 
quasi-typical Democrat or a Republican in disguise may be a matter of 
partisan opinion.  But we can be sure of one thing from Mr. Brandon's 
response to medical patients who may elect to use marijuana with a doctor's 
recommendation in preference to heavy-duty and often addictive pharmacueticals.

That is, Mr. Brandon believes that arrest, criminal prosecution, time in a 
prison cage and lifetime criminal record are an appropriate public response 
to those patients who choose to medicate with anything other than 
government-approved narcotics.  And that's a sad position for a leader of 
any political party to take.

Stephen Heath

Public relations director

Drug Policy Forum of Florida

Clearwater, Fla. 
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