Letter To the editor: Medical marijuana
As I read Ms. Fortier’s April 18, ViewPoint I couldn’t help but consider
how powerful it must make one feel to be able to disseminate to the public
one’s opinion in such a smug facetious manner. Cloaked by the protections
offered by the First Amendment, Ms. Fortier is able to sit in her office and
allow responsible journalism to take a distant backseat to her ability to
offer her subjective and biased speculation and conjecture on young Mr.
Macosko’s true intentions and beliefs.
Mr. Macosko now faces a battle for his freedom because he has acted,
rightly or wrongly, on his belief that marijuana may help alleviate some of
the suffering endured by people with chronic and sometimes life threatening
diseases. I seriously doubt that he believes that his actions are going to
cure the maladies such as those Edward Jenner and Linus Pauling attempted to
conquer through their scientific endeavors. I also doubt that he holds
himself out to be either a scientist or a doctor of medicine. I don’t know,
but maybe Ms. Fortier is a scientist, a doctor, or the recipient of some
other advanced educational degree which qualifies her to make the comments
and comparisons stated in her diatribe. Obviously, in her own viewpoint,
she is competent to tender her comments to the public which may someday
comprise the jury of peers who will judge Mr. Macosko.
At least one positive for Mr. Macosko may result from the ViewPoint. If
he gets a haircut, gets a business license, and works on a cure for Aids he
might have a chance of obtaining Ms. Fortier’s approval.
Michael J. Roeser
Zephyr Cove, Nevada
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