- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I read with interest Andrea Billups’ article “For medical purposes only” (Sunday Read). I found the information enlightening, with one exception. There was no mention of the issue of secondhand smoke. In fact, there was no mention of where the marijuana was ingested. The evidence of health-related problems involved with smoking — whether privately grown cannabis or legally purchased over-the-counter cigarettes — is well-documented.

With all the uproar from our civic- and health-minded liberal constituencies concerning the gross infringement on the rights of victims of secondhand smoke from cigarettes, I would have expected the topic to have been raised. Evidently, if you are suffering from a malady, it is all right to create health problems for your neighbor. However, if you legally purchase and use cigarettes (products of the tobacco industry), the do-gooders hold you in a different light.

I guess it gets down to the “whose ox is gored” mentality. If you are a smoker and you get sick, it’s the tobacco industry’s fault. However, if you get sick, it is all right to smoke, as long as you grow your own weed. Now I understand.

EMMETT LAUER

Silver Spring


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