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January 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 9, 2013

Marijuana legalization

TO THE EDITOR: In the next legislative session, there will be a bill to approve crude smoked or eaten marijuana as a “medicine.”

There are misperceptions regarding this controversial initiative. It’s important to set the record straight. Marijuana-legalization advocates would have you believe that smoking marijuana is the only alternative for cancer sufferers who have pain or the nausea associated with chemotherapy. However, numerous safe and effective medications and treatments are available to ease their suffering.

The anecdotal reports regarding “medical” marijuana are not reliable scientific evidence because the claimed benefits were not independently verified and do not reflect double-blind controls. The anecdotal reports may also be inaccurate due to the emotional expectancy of the person using marijuana and the placebo effect. In some cases, there may be deliberate exaggeration for ideological reasons.

There are no established doses for smoked marijuana. It’s unclear how it interacts with other drugs or medical conditions. There is much evidence that smoking marijuana harms sick people.

Citizens in medical-marijuana states have grown tired of the crime, noise and abuse that “medical” marijuana dispensaries bring to their neighborhoods. “Medical” marijuana is often sold in packages that look like candy.

The initiative ignores the Food and Drug Administration medicine approval process that has protected us for 100 years. It is dangerous to approve anything as medicine without going through the FDA process of scientific inquiry and study.

We strive to be a compassionate society, but there must be a balance between alleviating or managing illness and creating a system that does more harm than good. The road that the “medical” marijuana legislation is traveling is laden with potholes.

DAVID EVANS

Lyon Mountain

 

Generous community

TO THE EDITOR: The 2012 holiday season was another wonderful time of the year for giving. Approximately 50 meal baskets were provided to community members who appreciated the extra help in making their Christmas Day a little brighter.

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