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Sun, Jan. 26

Letter: Prop 205


Reading Ron Barnes and Sheila Polk’s columns regarding Prop. 205, I must say that their reasons given for voting “NO” are admirable.

However, both Barnes and Polk neglect to mention that the sale and/or possession of marijuana, medical or recreational, is illegal at the federal level. A state may not change, weaken or otherwise ignore federal law. But, a state may strengthen a federal law. What Oregon, Colorado and other states may have enacted does not negate the fact that they are breaking federal law. If you are a registered medical user in Arizona and have a CCW, you will need to give it up along with your legally obtained firearms. As the federal authorities choose not prosecute a law, does not give license to the states for doing just that.

Those who would like to see the legalization of pot should press their representatives in both houses of the federal government to remove pot from the laws that now make it illegal. Once it is legal at the federal level, those states that wish to ban its use may do so in their legislatures.

Allan Samuels


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