point and counterpoint on medicinal cannabis
Do not be fooled. Ballot Measure No. 8 is not about helping debilitated patients, the sick, the infirm or the dying. The act is about crime and economic greed. Ballot Measure No. 8 is an attempt to misuse the alleged individual rights to protect individuals and entities that grow, distribute, sell, transport, possess or use marijuana.
Legalization of marijuana tells Alaska youths that adults believe an illegal, non controlled street drug can be used responsibly. No drug can used responsibly when the "prescribing physician" has no knowledge of the strength of the psychoactive ingredient or THC.
Alaska youths need your support. Vote no on ballot measure No. 8. Approval of this bill would make it difficult, if not impossible, to reach Alaska's youths and convince them doing drugs is bad.
Wevley Shea is an Anchorage attorney and a former US attorney for Anchorage.