Pubdate: Fri, 04 Mar 2011
Source: Boston Herald (MA)
Copyright: 2011 The Boston Herald, Inc
Author: Steven S. Epstein


When Gov. Bill Weld signed the Therapeutic Research Act in 1992,
Massachusetts was the first state to recognize medical use since
imposition of the federal prohibition. Unlike the more recent laws, it
requires a federally approved source. It is a cruel joke because the
federal government refuses to approve a supplier.

After years of reefer madness, medicalization made sense in 1992. Now it
makes sense to allow all adults to possess and grow it for their personal use
  and gift it to other adults. When Congress passes the equivalent of the
21st Amendment for marijuana, the state can then regulate and tax it as we do
alcohol ("Pressure grows to legalize medical pot," March 1).

Steven S. Epstein, Georgetown 
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