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Our Opinion: Feds punish responsible med takers, but promote pot addition

Our Opinion: Feds punish responsible med takers, but promote pot addition

June 28th, 2018 by Harold H. Horstmann, Lohman in Opinion

Dear Editor:

I'm writing to call your reader's attention to a 6/25/2018 St. Louis Post Dispatch article by Christine Vestal, "Marijuana addiction is real, and rising." (stltoday.com/news/national/marijuana-addiction-is-real-and-rising/article_65ce97a0-73f0-5cee-9a43-ab17a01b4882.html).

Quotes from the article: "Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence." "There should be no controversy about the existence of marijuana addiction," said David Smith, a physician who has been treating addiction since he opened a free clinic in San Francisco's drug-drenched Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the 1960s. "We see it every day. The controversy should be why it appears to be affecting more people." Paraphrasing from the article: Years ago THC levels found in marijuana averaged from 2-4 percent. Due to selective breeding, THC levels now range from 20-30 percent. Concentrates and extracts range from 40 to 80 percent. My comment: The marijuana industry is using this increased concentration to create more addicts ergo more profits!

The timing of this article is perfect for a follow-up to my letter published on 6/24/18: "Pain meds policy punishes responsible people." How on earth can it be justified by anyone to punish responsible citizens by assuming a nanny role in the use of needed pain medications and at the same time turn a blind eye to a much more dangerous drug epidemic with no controls?

Now the federal government is apparently going to help the marijuana addicts in the states who have legalized marijuana. Re: "A Possible Victory for Federalism and Marijuana Legalization:" "Donald Trump's deal with Sen. Cory Gardner could pave the way for the effective elimination of the federal law banning marijuana in those states that have legalized pot under state law." ( https://reason.com/volokh/2018/04/13/a-possible-victory-for-federalism-and-ma). Doesn't this open the door for the feds to not even be able to enforce drug lords use of these states for distribution to states where marijuana is still illegal?

Mr. politician, how about thinking about the responsible people in this country, protecting them and their rights and at the same time using some logic and morality when crusading for votes!

When will the hypocrisy never end and common sense prevail?