- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 5, 2001

While I agree with columnist A.M. Rosenthal that drugs should remain illegal, I do not agree that those of us who support legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana have “swallowed propaganda for creeping legalization” (“A drug chief who knows the mission,” Commentary, April 30).

I am a minister and I deal with hospitalized church members and their families on a daily basis. I am also a kidney transplant recipient. I know personally the tremendous amount of physical pain that many patients bear on a daily basis. If marijuana can relieve this pain, I am all for it, though I would not personally choose to use it.

I believe that marijuana should remain a controlled substance and require a doctor´s prescription to purchase. But to simply infer, as Mr. Rosenthal does, that all drugs ought to be banned turns a blind eye to any benefits that can be derived from them.

Be assured, I would support any drug manufacturer who managed to synthesize the pain-killing aspects of marijuana without the “high.” But until that time, let us use the good while trying to eliminate the bad.




JAMES NASUTA

Independence, Ky.

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