Cannabis: Hemper Fidelis
Our special issue on pot, “Dope and Change” [Nov. 18], despite occasioning some canceled subscriptions, epithets (“childish,” “deplorable,” “dishonest,” “irresponsible”) and a cry of outrage (“a whole issue on marijuana? This is not news”), was highly popular: “makes good sense,” “long overdue,” “appreciated,” “thank you for your excellent issue on the marijuana law insanity.” Said “Don Quixokie” of Tulsa, “I am pleased with the way society is moving on the marijuana issue, but I fear the government won’t be joining us for another generation. Don’t hold your breath—unless you’ve taken a big drag.” Your letters and comments follow. —The editors
What were your editorial writers smoking when they wrote that pot-smoker George W. Bush was “elected” president?
Thank you for finally printing the words “endocannabinoid system” (ECS). This remarkable medical discovery has been ignored for twenty years by journalists and the medical establishment to their discredit. All the medicinal cannabis laws and regulations have been designed by folks with no medical education. Absurd. See medicalcannabis.com for an ECS briefing.
Al Byrne, USN, ret. Founder and director, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access
I am amused that taxation and control are considered the answer to the marijuana legalization conundrum. What pleasure will we tax next? Spinning with our arms out until we fall over from dizziness—one of our earliest experiments as children in altered consciousness?
I’m disappointed by Carl L. Hart’s assertion that organizations like the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and NORML are dismissive of the racial injustice inherent in marijuana prohibition. Just because an advocacy group does not discuss only a single aspect of an issue does not mean it is dismissive of that issue. There are many reasons to repeal prohibition. MPP has long made the case about racial injustice stemming from prohibition. Here are just a couple examples:
When the ACLU released its report earlier this year on marijuana arrests and the stark racial disparities in each state, MPP coordinated with it to ensure the report received news coverage nationwide. For example, U.S. News & World Report quoted me: “Marijuana prohibition laws are not only irrational, but also unfair. Discrimination against communities of color played a role in their creation and it continues to play a role in their enforcement.”