Pubdate: Tue, 09 Aug 2011
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2011 Chico Enterprise-Record
Author: Jay Bergstrom


In response to Tuesday's editorial, "Full-court press in forest
needed," yes, a full-court press is needed. Albeit not in our forests,
but in our legislatures.

We need to unshackle ourselves from this weight of the past, this
mistake. Until we let go of the horse's tail, we are going to continue
to get kicked in the head.

There was nothing wrong with cannabis when it became prohibited,
except those who prohibited it didn't like the people using it:
Mexicans, stealing whites' jobs, and black musicians, luring white
women for sex and getting otherwise "uppity."

The edifice of the prohibition has had many decades of improvement and
fortification. It will not fall easily. What did it take for the wets
to overcome the drys? Not so much a showing of the benefits of demon
rum, but rather a showing of the price exacted by the

History indicates that change is not just possible, but

Jay Bergstrom

Forest Ranch
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