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Feds stubborn on pot

The federal government is making it difficult, if not impossible, to implement the wishes of the voters regarding the purchase and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational purposes. The proposed distance a retail store may operate is 1,000 feet from schools and other specified public places as a person walks, the same distance a bar serving alcohol can operate. The federal government is forcing a change by measuring distance in a straight line, or “as the crow flies.”

Their first concern, according to a recent article in The Spokesman-Review, is to “keep this dangerous drug away from children.” Any responsible adult agrees; no young person should take any substance be it cannabis, alcohol or tobacco. The fear the feds are spreading regarding the danger of cannabis is just more misinformation.

Noted physician/journalist Dr. Sanjay Gupta spent a year objectively researching and interviewing patients and medical professionals. His conclusions are titled, “Why I changed my mind about weed.”

More studies need to be done, but we know that marijuana has neuron protectorate properties, to name just one benefit. I urge everyone to find the truth about medical marijuana for themselves.

Darlene Brice

Spokane


 

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