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Letter: Medical Marijuana not scientific medical care

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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6:04 am | Updated: 9:56 am, Tue Jun 19, 2012.

It is both tedious and infuriating to read that current laws are inept at dealing with the sale of so called designer drugs from the smoke shops that engage in this trade. How could it be possible that they are allowed to peddle these drugs under the guise of “herbal remedies” but not for human consumption, yet clearly the contents are used in ways not permitted for consumption?

While these drugs are being developed and marketed in backroom laboratories, there seems to be complete paralysis and helplessness in attempting to combat this scourge. In Europe, “smoke shops” do not exist as you see them here. Anywhere that openly markets and sells drug paraphernalia and these soft-sounding drugs like “bath salts” and “herbal remedies” would be immediately shut down and stiff fines imposed. How can this be tolerated?

When will the law get ahead of this dangerous curve? Then there is the rush of individuals and clinics to sell “medical marijuana” to treat an ever burgeoning population who feel they require it. What ever happened to proper medical care and science!

Maxwell Coulthard

Mesa

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