Pubdate: Sun, 7 Jun 2009
Source: Garden Island (Lihue, HI)
Copyright: 2009 Kauai Publishing Co.
Author: Jay Bergstrom


Your most sensible editorial moves my keyboard to click ("Red light
for Green Harvest," Forum, May 31).

I'd like to see the memorably great herb of pakalolo on sale in
cannabis cafes across this land.

And if it were legal, a lot of herbalists would not feel all that bad
about dropping a dime on their butthead crankster neighbors. As it is
now, they are all nominally comrades on the same, wrong side of the
law -- perverse, but that's prohibition for you.

I say legalize 'em all. Provide treatment on demand, honest education,
regulate public use, quality and labeling -- and who would omit tax the
trade. Witness that honest education has significantly dropped tobacco
use without the need to put anybody in a cage.

The war on drugs has such inertia, built up over the past century,
that change will be difficult. Thank you for helping to push the ball
toward the goal of more freedom, more liberty. This is America after

I'd rather see the $27,000-plus spent on the libraries and schools.
What a poor choice.

Jay Bergstrom, Forest Ranch, Calif.
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