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Mailbag: Oct. 2

I’m writing about: “”Medical marijuana may make ballot”” (10-1-09).

One of the medications prescribed by my personal physician for my arthritis pain and inflammation has the rare potential side effect of death. In other words, if I take this medication as prescribed, I can die as a result.

On the other hand, marijuana has never been documented to kill a single person in the 5,000 year history of its use.

For me, marijuana is the more effective medication. Right now, if adult citizens opt for the safer and more effective medication, they are subject to arrest and being sent to jail with violent criminals.

Is something wrong with this situation? I think so.

Shouldn’t adult citizens have the freedom to choose what goes into their own bodies in the privacy of their own homes?

— Kirk Muse, Mesa, Ariz.

I praise columnist Remy Albillar for looking at the new legislation that allows firearms to be locked and stored in parked vehicles with a liberal application of common sense.

His example of a rancher legally carrying a weapon for work and then needing to go to a place that does not allow his weapon is an excellent example of the people that would use this law.  Another example could be armed security officers or law enforcement personnel that are off duty and decide to visit a sports bar and watch the game after work. Both of these people have requirements to carry a firearm with them, and the law allows them to complete their tasks and then legally enjoy life after work without having to go all the way home and lock up their weapons. This law allows law-abiding citizens a legal method of storing their firearms when they need to go places that firearms are prohibited.

I find the anti-weapon fervor on campus to be dangerous and unreasonable that has little, in terms of facts, to back it up. If both sides of the argument would look at the intention and wording of the law, I believe both could agree on the fact that this law does not allow weapons to be carried around on campus, and this case can be closed.

— Robert Rosinski, Undeclared freshman

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