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9/12/2013 2:28:00 PM
Letter: Shame on you, Sheila Polk

Editor:

Sheila Polk's "My Turn" article warning of the highly addictive powers of marijuana made me stop and do a double take at the absurd, antiquated statements, until I saw her credentials.

I am by no means supporting marijuana use by children. However, I found it interesting that Ms. Polk failed to mention that alcohol, which is much more accessible, and far more dangerous than marijuana.

Ms. Polk is taking the blue road of law enforcement, who will do and say anything to try and revoke and prevent the legalization of marijuana in any form - be it medical, decriminalization or full legalization. To say that "marijuana starts the user on a downward life trajectory, affecting IQ and cognitive development, mental health , education attainment, delinquency and social growth" is absurd and if true, means most of our college students would be imbeciles.

This is a good lesson of checking your facts and your sources people and recognizing that just because it's in the print, doesn't mean it's true. Shame on you Ms. Polk.

Suzanne Lee

Cottonwood


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Article comment by: My 2�..... Clarkdale

Both of my parents died of morphine overdose......heroin. No, they weren't druggies...they were two people that hardly ever took aspirin. They had cancer. To see my 6'4" father waste away to barely 100 lbs. with no appetite was appalling. Same with my mother 12 years later. They were both given doses of morphine until they could no longer eat, communicate or come out of the drug induced comas it put them into. I believe both would have had a fighting chance had they been given marijuana instead. It might have increased their appetite while helping with the pain to where they might have been able to get the nourishment their bodies needed to heal. Yet somehow, so many people have a stigma against it but don't question the use of morphine, the euthanasia of choice by our healthcare system.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye

Can we draw any connection between Ms. Polk's obvious determination to keep marijuana illegal and the fact that three Arizona private prison corporations have a 100% occupancy guarantee clause in their contracts with the state? If these private prisons are not kept 100% occupied, the state has to pay the prison corporation a per-empty-bed fee. Perhaps the easiest way to keep the prisons full is to keep arresting marijuana lawbreakers. There are certainly many many more of these 'criminals' than there are murderers or arsonists. And when is the last time you heard of a bank CEO going to prison? Check out the article here:

http://www.inthepublicinterest.org/article/criminal-how-lockup-quotas-and-low-crime-taxes-guarantee-profits-private-prison-corporations


Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Winifred Bohall

Thanks to Ms. Lee for her response to Sheila Polk's dissertation on marijuana.

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Not to mention it saved my life.From cancer to
post tramatic stress syndrome I couldn't eat.
Marijuana took care of that.78 pounds and dying to 225 pounds today.8yrs cancer free.




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