The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 5, 2014

Letter: Be reasonable, lawmakers

ENID, Okla. — The Feb. 10 edition of the newspaper, Page A2, carries an article on medical marijuana, titled “Medical marijuana gains traction in the Deep South.” “Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills.”

I lived in Little Rock for 15 years. Widespread drug use and social ills are already rampant in the South, mostly due to crack, heroin and meth. 

I personally know two pediatricians, a psychiatrist, several school teachers, registered nurses and social workers who get together once a week and smoke cannabis. They are responsible and otherwise law-abiding citizens of Little Rock.

I still have the scars from being a victim of an attempted robbery by a crack addict in Wichita, Kan. Use resources to go after crack, heroin, cocaine and meth dealers and users.  

Lawmakers, let’s be reasonable, logical, and compassionate.  Colorado legislators are (so far) the only sensible lawmakers in the country.

Luhra Van Winkle


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