Reader: Free the pot smokers. It’s the right thing to do.


Could Ohio become the 13th state to legalize medicinal marijuana?
It's about time Ohio got serious about Marijuana reform. In late May, Tom Roberts of Dayton introduced a medical marijuana bill that will hopefully pass and make Ohio the 13th state with medical marijuana legalized. Speaking as a toker, if medical marijuana passes, I'm going to do whatever it takes to become legal. Marijuana laws are the height of hypocrisy, jailing people for a benign and enjoyable activity that's far less harmful than many legal and abused substances like alcohol and prescription drugs. I'll admit to be willing to lie to not have to live in fear of being arrested for something I feel is acceptable behavior (and even if it wasn't, I'm doing nobody harm other than myself)… I've already had to skirt the system to pass drug tests. The biggest rub is that I'm a very well educated, highly paid professional who contributes greatly to society. Positive legislation will also keep non-violent non-criminals out of jail and destroy far fewer lives and families, as well as legitimately benefiting people with a medical need to ease chronic pain and gain appetites. One of my good friends was hit by a car recently, and he's told me that marijuana eases his pain to a point where he can tolerate moving around on a daily basis and doesn't leave him useless like the pain pills he was prescribed. Another tangible benefit is that the medical marijuana industry will provide lucrative income for a huge number of people (including farmers) and generate plenty of tax money. I urge everyone involved in making medical marijuana a reality to keep an open and compassionate mind, and to just say yes. Anonymous

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