Inhumane policy

December 03, 2002

Alan Silverman, Letter to Editor of the Press Democrat,

EDITOR: To Chief Mike Dunbaugh and Santa Rosa City Council members: In this large and complex world of politics and legalities, it is becoming more difficult to effect positive change on society. One almost feels helpless. There is one thing we can do at the local level that will dramatically increase the spiritual health and well-being of those sick and dying patients who need the assistance of medicinal marijuana for personal health reasons. We can, at the local level not change federal policy but change local policy to not assist the feds in their inhumane treatment of the sick and dying. We can instruct our local law enforcement agencies to not inform federal agencies of local patients using marijuana within the guidelines adopted by our Police Chiefs Association. Our local police chiefs have signed an agreement allowing physician approved patients to maintain small gardens and supplies without fear of criminal prosecution. This is a good thing. Why ruin it by turning people over to Drug Enforcement Agency officials? It may seem like a small thing that really doesn't change laws, but the resolution in front of our City Council will be instrumental in helping local patients comply with state laws, avoiding unreasonable federal prosecution. Please, Chief Dunbaugh and Santa Rosa City Council members, endorse the resolution keeping local medical marijuana patients out of reach of the long arm of federal prosecutors. This is a local issue. Support those who support you. Pass the resolution as is, just as Sebastopol did. You will feel better for doing so. -ALAN SILVERMAN Santa Rosa

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