Printed letters, April 9

Legislature must enact stricter medical pot law

The medical marijuana law, Amendment 20, is bad medicine that is raising boils on the body politic. It is time for the Colorado Legislature to get serious and curb this outbreak by enacting stricter controls than those currently contained in House Bill 1284.

Since the announcement last year by the U.S. attorney general, signaling leniency in enforcement of federal marijuana possession laws in states that had approved medical use of marijuana, marijuana “dispensaries” in Colorado have popped up all over. Amendment 20 has been used as a cover for the use of marijuana far beyond its stated medical purpose. It is obvious that a de facto legalization of marijuana is unfolding all around us.

It may be that marijuana is an effective medicine for certain ailments, but that is a matter to be determined by competent medical research. If approved by the FDA for prescriptions, marijuana should be controlled and dispensed like any other prescription medicine by pharmacists, not by self-appointed “caregivers” who have met no standards of competence or professional ethics and whose marijuana is ungraded for potency, purity or toxicity.

Unless the Legislature corrects major defects that are within its power to address, medical marijuana, mocking its name, will produce among us far more venal doctors, potheads, lost souls and drug dealers than patients whose suffering can only find relief by smoking marijuana.

Concerned citizens should contact their legislators and ask them to amend HB 1284 in keeping with the expressed intent of Amendment 20. Among other things, they should require that no one with a criminal record may be a caregiver, that all users and caregivers of medical marijuana be required to identify themselves and report to local law enforcement, that doctors prescribing medical marijuana submit to the state medical agency their records of patient contacts and the reasons dictating the prescriptions for marijuana, and that prescriptions be for a limited time and renewable only upon a physician’s reconfirmation of a chronic debilitating condition.

MICHAEL MECHAU

Palisade

Care-giving business zoned out of Fruita

I am a medical professional with a private, care-giving business. I have recently relocated my family and chosen Fruita as the place I wish to purchase a home, establish my business, and rear my child.

After several frustrating weeks, I have learned that my business has been zoned out of any possible locations. It seems that because my care-giving business offers medical marijuana as one of its services to my chronically ill patients, there are not any retail locations available for my business due to Fruita’s stringent requirements.

I am fully willing to bring my legitimate care-giving business to Fruita and meet all necessary requirements. However, I have found that I have effectively been zoned out.

Fruita City Councilmember Lori Buck, in her March 12 letter to the editor said the door was open and the voters had spoken, but I have not found this to be the case. I want to pay taxes and vote to keep Fruita prosperous, safe and a desirable place to live for us all.

I hope to soon meet with Fruita’s council members and share my complaints. I have a business built upon the premise of “families serving families.” I hope that Fruita’s council members will truly listen to its voters and allow our family to serve those with chronic illnesses in Fruita.

SAMANTHA S. DUNLOW, RN, BSN

Grand Junction

It’s not jingoism to defend our country

I would like to remind the young people Dennis Herzog mentioned in his column recently that their idealism is lacking some facts about our history regarding our supposed jingoism when we defend ourselves from aggression.

Ideally, in a perfect world, it would be nice to be appeasers and put our heads in the proverbial sand and mind our own business while people in the rest of the world blow themselves to smithereens.

But, when there are radicals trying to destroy our country — whether they be foreign or domestic terrorists — well, to quote from a movie: “Miyagi don’t like fight but, if have fight, win.”

I think it apropos to our fight against all enemies, foreign or domestic, as the soldier’s pledge adequately declares.

Our history shows our leaders did not want to engage in the beginning of World War II but, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor — to paraphrase a Japanese general — I am afraid they awakened a sleeping giant.

We are fighting an enemy that will keep coming at us. Defending our borders is not jingoistic. It’s prudent. Tea partiers are not racist or jingoistic, we are patriots.

RAFAEL A. TRUJILLO

Grand Junction

Story on field house appreciated by Hoosiers

A note of appreciation for the April 1 article in the Sports Section about the Butler Hinkle Field House.

Most self-respecting Hoosiers share a certain love affair with this building. First, we believe basketball was invented in Indiana. Second, so many historical games have been played there.

Probably the Milan victory is the one most remembered. The hero of that game, Bobby Plump, owns a restaurant not 5 miles away and has some memorabilia to share.

With the filming of “Hoosiers” final game in the field house, more people became aware of this legend. Legend is a title we also attach to Tony Hinkle, former basketball coach for many years.

I sent the article Indianapolis for my family to enjoy.

GINNY MCGRIFFIN

Grand Junction



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