The debate over medical marijuana or cannabis is really a scandalous controversy over whether this very easy-to-grow herb should be allowed to compete with pharmaceuticals for pennies on the dollar.

Harassing the sick and dying is an un-American activity! It is overkill and morally bankrupt to arrest nonviolent people for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other medicinal/social drugs. The people believe in self-government and self-medication.

Asthmatic medical marijuana patient Chris Diaz faces up to life in prison for a half ounce of marijuana and three grams of hash in Brown County. Quadraplegic medical marijuana patient Chris Cain faces similar charges in Beaumont.

"You've got to be kidding me. You don't give drug addicts life in prison, so why would you do that to a patient with a legitimate recommendation from another state?" said Stephen Betzen, director of the Texas Coalition for Compassionate Care, which is lobbying for a medical marijuana bill next year in the state legislature.

"It's critical that we develop a federal medical marijuana law so that people are not treated differently in Texas than in California, and patients who need this medicine in Texas should be allowed to use it without fear of arrest and prosecution. Americans for Safe Access is committed not only to encouraging states to pass medical marijuana laws irrespective of federal policy, but also to push the federal government to develop a policy that will treat patients equitably no matter where in the US they live." said Kris Hermes, spokesman for ASA.

We are rebels with just cause, when we exercise our right to nullify bad laws like those brave jurors who refused to convict during the Fugitive Slave Act and until FDR said the Volstead Act was licked! Jury nullification is a constitutional power tool we the people pack.

Tim Stevens, 53, who uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of HIV won acquittal on marijuana possession charges in 2008 in Amarillo based on a “necessity defense.” - which requires the defendant to establish that an otherwise illegal act was necessary to avoid imminent harm more serious than the harm prevented by the law he or she broke - rarely been successful in Texas but the jury took just 11 minutes to acquit.

The Constitution doesn't authorize Congress to subsidize industries or grant special favors for particular businesses. Many Legislators are outright servants of tyranny; good at ignoring the rule of law, history and science while catering to the needs of special interests but very bad at determining what is best or safer for the individual or society.

I am afraid, murderers and other violent predators roam free, while we police nonviolent adult social, medicinal and religious drug use. Regulation, science based education and treating abuse as a medical problem is a better drug policy that increases public safety and harm reduction plus frees up billions in wasted funds to use incarcerating the violent and sexual predators.

Prohibition supports despicable people who sell drugs to children, recruit them to sell to their peers and arm them to kill the competition. Across America paramilitary drug raids trigger violence rather than lessen the risk. Again, overkill, to use such force on a nonviolent health issue.

All this unconscionable bloodshed is on the hands of leadership as much as those who pulled the trigger or did the actual butchering and torturing. It is a policy created problem! We are all caught betwixt and between in this scandalous reefer madness war on some drugs.

Now is the time to insist American warriors get their adrenaline rush catching murderers and other violent predators. I understand that it will not be possible to stop all murders and rapes. However, get tough on violent crime! Restore Justice, the guardian of liberty!

The first step to going after the cartel's money (estimated at 70% of it) is to legalize marijuana sales globally. We have the factual information available. Let's construct science based drug policies about saving and rehabilitating instead of ruining lives. Drug treatment is at least five times less costly than prison. Change to ethical policy and show fiscal responsibility!

Use of illegal drugs has increased significantly during the drug war, use of tobacco has decreased due to truth in education and infomercials about this killer. True science based drug education allows everyone to make better health decisions. Support for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent with support for individual freedom, constitutional government and the teachings of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Your Friend in Liberty,

Colleen McCool

Stephenville