Monday, August 30, 2010

Un-American to Harass Sick

Another excellent letter to the editor appeared in today's Anniston Star in support of ACC member and medical marijuana patient Michael Lapihuska. If you have not yet written a letter in support of charges being dropped against Michael please take the time to do so now. Send your letters to

Un-American to harass the sick

by our readers

Re "Anniston man finds one state's medicine is another's illicit drug" (News article, Aug. 18):

Harassing the sick and dying is an un-American activity. It is overkill and morally bankrupt to arrest nonviolent people for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other medicinal/social drugs.

I am afraid murderers and other violent predators roam free while we police nonviolent adult social, medicinal and religious drug use. Regulation, science-based education and treating abuse as a medical problem is a better drug policy that increases public safety and harm reduction. Prohibition supports despicable people who sell drugs to children, recruit them to sell to their peers and arm them to kill the competition.

Across America, paramilitary drug raids trigger violence rather than lessen the risk. All this unconscionable bloodshed is on the hands of leadership as much as those who pulled the trigger or did the actual butchering and torturing. It is a policy-created problem.

Now is the time to insist American warriors get their adrenaline rush catching murderers and other violent predators. I understand that it will not be possible to stop all murders and rapes. However, get tough on violent crime. Restore justice, the guardian of liberty.

Use of illegal drugs has increased significantly during the drug war, and the use of tobacco has decreased due to truth in education and infomercials about this killer. True science-based drug education allows everyone to make better health decisions. Support for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent with support for individual freedom, constitutional government and the teachings of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Colleen McCool
Stephenville, Texas

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