Don't hold the sick hostage to the drug war

February 04, 2010

Mike Gimbel's letter ignores some rudimentary facts regarding medical marijuana ("Md. wouldn't be able to control marijuana dispensaries," Readers respond, Feb. 4). Many polls have recently showed that as many as eight out of every 10 Americans say they want medical marijuana to be legalized and regulated. Unlike Mr. Gimbel, they understand that giving needed treatment to sick people needs to take precedence over the politics and misguided taboos of the past. Fourteen states already have medical marijuana, and the reason that many more have legislation pending is because for some severely ill patients, the treatment works. As Del. Dan Morhaim has said, "In the war on drugs, get the sick and dying off the battlefield."

Brandon Levey, College Park

The writer is assistant treasurer for University of Maryland Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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