Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Friends in high places.

June 29, 2005

Mr. Nick Adams
xxxx xxxxxxxx Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90048

Dear Mr. Adams:

Thank you for writing to me about the use of medical
marijuana. I appreciate your thoughts on the recent legal
developments regarding this subject, and welcome the opportunity
to respond to your letter.

While I certainly understand your concerns regarding the
use of medical marijuana, the judicial branch of the U.S.
Government is independent, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent
decision on this subject must be adhered to. However, now that
the Court has ruled, making clear that States do not have the power
to resolve the complex problems associated with marijuana and its
potential for medical uses, I am examining what, if any, changes to
Federal law are called for. Please know that I do recognize that
marijuana may have medicinal properties that could alleviate
conditions such as AIDS-related wasting and chemotherapy-
induced nausea and vomiting, and will certainly keep your
thoughts in mind should the Senate consider medical marijuana
related issues in the 109th Congress.

Again, thank you for writing. I hope that you will continue
to write on matters of importance to you. Should you have any
further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my
Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

My response

Senator Feinstein,

Thank you for your email response. Automated or not, it's a refreshingly civic feeling to get a letter from my very own government representative. You're absolutely right. The judicial branch of the government operates independently. But they work to uphold the laws of the land as legislated by you and your fellow senators.

If the leadership of this country would stop lying to themselves and the American people and do the logical, intelligent and humane thing--completely decriminalize marijuana--the Supreme Court wouldn't not have been put into the position of potentially making life more difficult for sick Americans.


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