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MEDICAL POT: Does TNT have two minds on subject?

Letter by Greg Cook, Fircrest on April 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | 12 Comments »
April 18, 2011 2:47 pm

The editorial (TNT, 4-17) on page B6 scolding commercial pot operations might carry more weight if the same edition didn’t feature a medical pot ad on page B3. I realize the editorial board doesn’t sell advertising and the ad department doesn’t opine, but still . . .

At one point I was leaning in support of legalization of marijuana, but given the sorry record of enforcement in this state, I now oppose such a move.

The debate around this issue is often framed in terms of compassion for suffering individuals, but what I see is medical marijuana in our state is more often merely an end-run around pot laws.

Some of our lawmakers have pointed out that cannabis is virtually the only drug not dispensed through pharmacies (methadone being another). Are backers of medical marijuana serious in their assertion that cannabis is a legitimate drug, or is it just another step toward making the Evergreen State into a statewide Grateful Dead concert?

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