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Randy Dodd: Marijuana no danger

Regarding Amendment 44, I decided to do a little research of my own on the dangers of marijuana use. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency Web site, marijuana is dangerous because they say so. They quote other government agencies to back them up without any proof of anything they say. Again, it’s the government mentality of selling fear to Americans. We are supposed to buy into this viewpoint without question – just like buying into the Vietnam War, or the high price of gas, or weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Well, I just don’t believe everything the DEA tells me anymore. I’m getting tired of being constantly lied to by federal agencies. The DEA and GRAMNET would like us to believe that they are protecting us and our children from the evil weed, marijuana. I just can’t buy this point of view.

Only God has the power of creation. If you truly believe in God, you understand that God and his creations are not evil. If the DEA and GRAMNET really wanted to protect us from evil drugs, then look no further than the Food and Drug Administration. I was actually shocked to find out in my research that Americans have died from using legal pharmaceutical drugs in the past 10 years. Class action lawsuits against Viagra, Vioxx, Ritilin, Lithium, Compazine, Haldol – and the list goes on and on.

Jocelyn Elders, former surgeon general of the United States, wrote in an editorial in the Rhode Island Providence Journal that, “Unlike many of the drugs we prescribe every day, marijuana has never been proven to cause a fatal overdose.” I wasn’t able to find a single case in which marijuana by itself has killed anybody by a lethal overdose. I find the DEA position on marijuana and drugs in general to be medieval and barbaric. My research into the 1937 marijuana tax act was rather enlightening. Anybody can read up on this subject. The real reasons behind the current marijuana laws are based on corporate profit and greed. It’s time we stand up to the government dictators who are taking away our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Once upon a time, our government forced farmers to grow hemp. But because of corporate greed and corrupt politicians who protected profits for the oil companies, textile mills, pharmaceutical companies, paper mills, nylon manufacturers and any other corporation that would lose money to hemp farmers, marijuana was made illegal. Yep, that’s right, marijuana can be used for clothing, medical conditions, fiber and oil for lamps. That same oil can be used for powering our automobiles and for heating fuel.

Isn’t it ironic and pathetic that marijuana can heat homes, power automobiles, make clothing and get us away from foreign oil dependency, yet our government insists on sending marijuana users to jail and making drug dealers filthy rich.

Take the money and power away from these idiots and support Amendment 44. It’s time we stopped living in the dark ages and face the truth about marijuana. Not only should marijuana be legalized, it should be legal to grow. This takes the money and power away from drug dealers. When used responsibly, marijuana is not dangerous or addicting.

Randy Dodd

Steamboat Springs

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