Letters to the Editor

Medical marijuana sensible on many levels, vote for Amendment 2 on Florida ballot

Marijuana has been used as a natural medical herb for thousands of years, going back to ancient civilizations, in Egypt, India, Africa and later in America.

"Unlike many of the drugs we prescribe every day, marijuana has never been proven to cause a fatal overdose." -- Joyce Elders, former U.S. attorney general.

"No acute lethal overdoses of cannabis are known in contrast to several of it's illegal (cocaine) and legal (alcohol, aspirin, acetaminophen) counterparts." -- Stephen Sidney, MD, former associate director for clinical research at Kaiser Permanente.

After extensive study, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a surgeon, presented a documentary on CNN citing the benefits of cannabis, which he now supports.

A survey by Quinnipiac University reveals that 82 percent of Americans favor legalization of medical marijuana, which is now legal in 21 states.

The reasoning behind the adamant opposition by elected law officials -- including Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi -- is questioned. Large numbers of our populous will continue to smoke marijuana, pot, weed, maryjane, reefer, grass or its other names, whether it is legal or not. It seems obvious, then, that if marijuana laws are in some cases decriminalized, these law officers could devote their valuable time to pursue violent criminals, hazardous drivers and the many problems that plague our state and county.

Vote yes on Amendment 2.

Skip Hannon