Pubdate: Mon, 1 Sep 2008
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2008 Los Angeles Times
Author: Bruce Mirken


Re "Weeding good from bad," editorial, Aug. 27

Bravo to The Times for cutting to the heart of the recent medical
marijuana controversies. Federal policies that treat even the most
ethical and law-abiding medical marijuana providers as common
criminals only make life easier for the unscrupulous types. The best
way to ensure that medical marijuana is appropriately regulated is for
the federal government to leave states alone to regulate it as needed.

In that respect, there is a clear difference between the major party
presidential candidates. Barack Obama has said he would end the
federal raids. John McCain likes current federal policy just fine, and
actually ridiculed patients who pleaded with him for more
compassionate policies during primary campaign events in New Hampshire
last year.

Bruce Mirken

Communications Director

Marijuana Policy Project

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