Pubdate: Wed, 13 Oct 2010
Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Copyright: 2010 Metro Times, Inc
Author: Stan White


Attorney General candidate Bill Schuette may believe the misconception
that attacking sick citizens for using the God-given plant cannabis
(marijuana) is somehow being tough on crime (Higher Ground, "Pot, Pols
and Polls," Oct. 6), but that action's consequence actually creates
crime. Same thing with cannabis prohibition in general; since it
creates crime, prohibitionists should be thought of as being soft on
crime. Allowing cartels and the black market, with their violent
nature, to regulate cannabis, is being soft on crime.

Republican hypocrisy doesn't end with the cannabis issue, but rather
starts with the cannabis issue. Cannabis prohibition isn't consistent
with Republican ideals, such as states' rights, smaller federal
government, free trade, capitalism, constitutional rights, etc.

All the problems associated with medical use of cannabis will become
null and void once the relatively safe plant is re-legalized. After
all, the hoops sick citizens must jump through to use the plant amount
to government-subsidized extortion.

Stan White, Dillon, Colo.
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