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Newshawk: JWhite8055
Pubdate: Sat, 12 Aug 2000
Source: Blade, The (OH)
Copyright: 2000 The Blade
Contact: letters@theblade.com
Address: 541 North Superior St., Toledo OH 43660

Author: Jim White


"The government just doesn't care" what the people of California voted for, or for that matter
what those in other states have voted for, or will vote for.

The issue is medical marijuana, and according to an attorney representing the U.S. Justice
Department, the government just doesn't care.

The Justice Department suffered a setback when a federal judge ruled in favor of an Oakland
medical marijuana dispensary, permitting the organization to begin distributing marijuana to
patients with a doctor's recommendation.

The DOJ vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court, Barry McCaffrey vowed to prosecute
doctors that even uttered the word marijuana (despite a ruling that it would be
unconstitutional), and threatened to revoke their licenses if they recommended marijuana to
the sick.

Medical marijuana initiatives have passed in five states with an average of 60 per cent of the
voters favoring the initiatives. A medical exception was added to Ohio law some time ago,
but was just as quickly removed by our representatives in the legislature who also "just didn't
care." Governor Taft concurred: The voters are too stupid and Big Brother knows best.

The last time I checked, we lived in a representational democracy, where the power to govern
was derived from the consent of the governed. The only "czar" in the free world has
overstepped his authority, and the DOJ will facilitate the power grab. And voting the rascals
out doesn't apply to appointed positions.

The Constitution provides for the separation of powers for a very good reason: Because there
comes a time when Big Brother needs a bloody nose to remind him that "We the people"
have the authority in the land of the free.

Jim White, Oregon

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