Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 2009
Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Copyright: 2009 Metro Times, Inc
Author: Jane Manzitti


As an avid fan of Larry Gabriel and Jack Lessenberry's opinion 
columns, I was compelled to write about "Home-grown $$$" (March 11). 
I have been saying marijuana should be legalized for years and 
wholeheartedly agree with you. The fact that medicinal marijuana is 
legal and personal possession is illegal solidifies the hypocrisy of 
the situation. The debate has been that marijuana is a gateway drug 
to harder, more deadly drugs. What? An addictive personality will do 
drugs and alcohol of any type, not state that marijuana is their 
first step to crack. What is more deadly, eight beers or eight drags 
from a marijuana cigarette? As the drug companies have such a tight 
grip on this country, I can only imagine that they would fight tooth 
and nail to smash any legislation of this type. After all, they want 
you to take Xanax, not a couple hits of pot. It's more money in their 
greedy hands than for normal folks, who could benefit from a new 
industry. Many good people and families have been hurt by the 
illegality of pot.

Jane Manzitti, Wyandotte 
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