Letters to the Editor

Federal policy on marijuana is outdated

The recent action by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to attack legal marijuana, based on an outdated federal precedent, requires Congressional attention. Please work with your fellow Congress people on a solution to outdated federal marijuana policy.

Since the 1960s, the Republican Party has always fought for less federal intervention in state rights issues, and the issue of marijuana should be no different. If the citizens of a state choose to legalize marijuana, for medical purposes or recreational purposes, then they should be allowed to do so. The medical properties of the cannabis plant are so immense that it is not just an injustice to those states that have legalized it, but it is immoral to deprive people of its medicinal uses.

So I urge Congress to support legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. If legislation arises that will allow legalization of marijuana nationally, while allowing states to make their own laws as to prohibit or regulate it, then I urge Congress to support it as well.

Please properly research this issue and don’t fall prey to outdated propaganda that you probably learned as a child. We learn new things all the time and we must adapt to new information and changing situations.

Josh Crowley

Ocean Springs

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