Pubdate: Wed, 17 Oct 2007
Source: Ledger Dispatch (Jackson, CA)
Copyright: 2007 Amador Ledger Dispatch
Author: Allan Erickson


I'd like to make a couple of short statements regarding  Jackson City 
Council members' decision to follow a  federal mandate regarding 
medical cannabis dispensaries  in your city (City pot regs violate 
federal law,  council says, Wednesday, Aug. 29).

Sometimes it behooves us as citizens to stand up  against the 
improprieties perpetrated by the federal  government. The entire 
foundation of cannabis  prohibition is based on the bigoted fantasies 
of career  bureaucrat Harry Anslinger, and instituted without 
a  shred of scientific evidence or medical support.  Anslinger has 
left us a policy fraud that has wreaked  havoc across our nation.

So failed is this ill-founded prohibition that cannabis  is now the 
No. 1 agricultural commodity in our nation.  Interesting to note as 
well that two of our most  harmful substances, alcohol and tobacco, 
are not listed  on the Controlled Substances Act.

Follow the feds as you will, but remember Galileo  Galilei was 
persecuted for proclaiming the earth was  not the center of the universe.

Allan Erickson

Drug Policy Forum of Oregon
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