Pubdate: Tue, 9 Feb 2010
Source: Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, CA)
Copyright: 2010 Daily Pilot
Author: Doug Snead


I am writing about your article ("Pot clinic raid nets 4 arrests," 
Feb. 6). While I applaud the work of the Costa Mesa police when 
they're at work fighting real crime - like murders, rapes, robberies, 
aggravated assaults, violent crime and theft - I have a hard time 
understanding how arresting peaceful people who are involved with 
medical marijuana helps anyone. Anyone except the Arrest and 
Prosecution Industry, that is.  Police, prosecutors and others who 
get paychecks because of marijuana prohibition, like it.

A simple phone call from the city might be the best thing to try 
first when there are ostensible concerns over the smell of cannabis.

Cannabis vendors in "bikini tops and nurse hats" is a sure indication 
that the war on marijuana users has become a farce. It is time to add 
a little common sense to the equation and remove cannabis from the 
war on drugs.

Doug Snead

Drug policy analyst

Media Awareness Project
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