- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for your fair reporting on Michigan’s medical marijuana law (“For medicinal purposes only,” Sunday Read, June 14). Fairness and honesty are rarely seen concerning this issue, and more than 70 years of propaganda prove it.

Michigan’s new law enjoyed tremendous support at the polls and from the broadest spectrum of ideologies and ages imaginable. Marijuana is an effective treatment for many ailments. It is, furthermore, a far safer alternative to the highly addictive, harmful and often deadly pharmaceutical-grade drugs routinely overprescribed. (I would be amiss not to point out that a lack of health care coverage is a moot point in this case.)

As a fiscal conservative, I am baffled by the fact that a nation of capitalists continues to spend such an enormous amount of money and effort trying to defy the laws of supply and demand. We have succeeded where generations of alchemists failed - by turning a plant into gold. We reject the lessons learned from Prohibition, which didn’t work and never will, regardless of how much money we waste trying to prove otherwise.

There is no question that Michigan’s law will work out. The only real issues so far have been with our law enforcement leaders’ reluctance to let go of those things on which they have built their empires - the “crises” that exist only as a method of stuffing their coffers at the expense of taxpayers.

Many social conservatives reluctantly but routinely admit that marijuana is so readily available that this law will not affect the supply in any measurable amount. Anyone who wants marijuana can get it with very little effort. The sooner we admit that, the better off we’ll all be. I’m happy that Michigan can be a leader in this effort. Common sense sometimes does prevail.

DAVID LIGHT

Saginaw, Mich.

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