Pubdate: Tue, 17 Jul 2007
Source: Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Copyright: 2007 The Oregonian
Author: Leland R. Berger
Bookmark: (Marijuana)


Regarding the article, "Vernonia buzzing over pot penalty" (July 14), 
when last asked (1998), Oregonians overwhelmingly opposed the 
recriminalization of less than an ounce of marijuana (more properly 
referred to as cannabis). We defeated the Legislature's 
recriminalization bill by a majority in every county, including 
Columbia County.

More Oregonians voted against recriminalizing cannabis than voted for 
Gov. John Kitzhaber, at a time when his popularity was demonstrated 
in his landslide re-election victory.

Second, cannabis prohibition has done much more harm than cannabis 
use. Adults using cannabis responsibly do not put our children at 
risk. Prohibition and the resultant arrests, prosecution and 
forfeitures do much more harm to our children and families than 
cannabis itself ever could.

Leland R. Berger

Northeast Portland
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