May 19 2010 12:00 AM

On Corduroy Stone story

This was one of the most amateurish, biased and agendized articles ever featured in your publication. The intent to discredit the subject of the article was evident, and the ethics of presenting oneself as a paying customer, then refusing to pay for services simply because the subject would not grant further interview, is downright sleazy.

Sorry, but if your subterfuge is to pose as a customer, pay your fees and shut up. Furthermore, we, the readership, have been denied the benefit of any kind of objective reporting upon this subject. Whether or not the reportedupon agency is competent as a community resource is unknown, because this reporter indulged their own agenda to the point of making their account completely discredited to the eyes of any rational reader.

— Tutelary From

Two opinions on marijuana

The decision by the people of this country concerning legalization of the marijuana medicinal plant, which has been used by humans for thousands of years, is based in choosing between two opinions. The first one, articulated by the "father" of marijuana prohibition in the 1930s, and the second one by Dr. Lester Grinspoon, one of the leading contemporary experts in this country.

These are the direct quotes from the prohibitionist Harry Anslinger pushing the "Marijuana Tax Act" of 1937 that led to the subsequent demonizing of this quintessential medicinal plant: "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with negroes, entertainers, and any others. The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.” Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men. Marijuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing; you smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother; marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind … .

And this is what Dr. Grinspoon said in 2006 about the cannabis sativa medicinal plant: "Cannabis will one day be seen as a wonder drug, as was penicillin in the 1940s. Like penicillin, herbal marijuana is remarkably nontoxic, has a wide range of therapeutic applications and would be quite inexpensive if it were legal.” Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2006 .

These are two opinions the citizens around the country will be asked to compare and to choose from. I do not believe that the choice is exceedingly difficult one. What I believe is that the fear-tactics must be rejected once and for all, and at least medical marijuana should be legalized in all 50 states as soon as possible.

— Doctor K From