Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA) Copyright: 2011 Chico Community Publishing, Inc. Contact: http://www.newsreview.com/chico/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/559 Author: Michael J Dee Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n459/a06.html THE RIGHT TO USE POT Re "Happy 40th, Drug War" (Guest comment, by Jay Bergstrom, July 7): If President Obama, NORML, the DEA and your reporters read the Controlled Substance Act 1970, you would know there are three criteria classifying drugs into five schedules. These criteria are: potential for abuse, medicinal use and safety of use. Safety of use determines medicinal use. Why is NORML claiming medicinal use when marijuana is safe to use without medical supervision? The issue is safety of use, not medicinal use. Marijuana remains illegal because the Department of Justice willfully deprives us of our individual rights to liberty, to property and to privacy, under the color of law. Marijuana is arbitrarily classified as a controlled substance and violates due process of law. The proscription of marijuana is unreasonable and unnecessary regulation of individual rights and contravenes the Fourth, Fifth and 14th Amendments because the private use of marijuana does not impinge upon the rights of others. Who is the President of the United States afraid of, that he will not defend individual rights protected by the Constitution? Is he afraid of law enforcement? Or is the deprivation of rights all about money? What is the press afraid of, to allow President Obama to say this country is governed by the rule of law when the facts prove otherwise? Michael J Dee Windham, Maine - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.