CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The time has come to legalize marijuana for those that can benefit from it.
I am 72 years old and have never touched marijuana or any of the other illegal junk drugs peddled on our streets. But, I have difficulty understanding the opposition to legalizing medical marijuana. If a doctor says it is a substance that will help out many in pain, it should be treated like any other prescription medication. As we are finding out every day many of the prescription and nonprescription drugs now approved for use are more deadly and addictive than that claimed for marijuana.
Why make criminals out of law-abiding citizens who could get something good from it. Must we continue claiming the intent is to control marijuana distribution? Marijuana seems to be available everywhere. The government's "war on drugs" seems to be overseeing the creation of more illegal drug distribution now than in any other time in the history of the world.
You might even remember when our "institutions of higher learning" referred to the use of marijuana as a "recreational activity." They justified it and many kids seem to turn to it as an act of rebellion against authority.
Has our government become so confused by politics and self-preservation that they can no longer deal in reality? The murder, mayhem, law enforcement effort and cost involved in the "war" on marijuana is far more expensive, corrupt and useless than the war on booze in the early 1900s. It's time to deal with reality.