From the week of October 4-10, 2001

Marijuana users have become cowards and hypocrites. They smoke marijuana in secret and vote to jail themselves and friends if caught. They believe the lies, even though they know the truth. I have shared joints with lawyers, doctors, police officers, nurses and people who work with youth. In Hawaii they smoke it on the beaches, and some of our greatest presidents grew it and no doubt smoked it as well. In New York, Hempstead and Long Island get their names from the flourishing marijuana fields of the past.

It's time we stopped hiding and started being real, as the youth say. Legalize marijuana for use in the home. Teach people how to use it responsibly and help keep it out of the hands of our youth -- who bear witness to our hypocritical behavior and laugh when we try to educate them about the herb.

Name withheld by request

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