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Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for March 22, 2012
Zonker: I'm no longer in it for the buzz, nephew. I'm in it because I'm committed to harm reduction! Zipper: Harm reduction? Zonker: I want to bring pot in from the cold, so it can be regulated and taxed and treated as a public health matter, not criminal! Zipper: This is absolutely amazing, Uncle Zonk... Zonker: What is? Zipper: I share your dream of harm reduction! Zonker: What a coincidence! And just before midterms!
while it is a rerun, it is a topic deserving further discussion. Lobbyists representing pharmaceutical companies, liquor/beer sellers, mental health providers, tobacco companies & more subtlely-criminals- work hard to prevent decriminalization. They aren’t doing this to protect us, but to protect their profits. They are subsidized by state/federal government who eliminate fields, and arrest ‘competition.’ Lives are permanently disrupted with arrests for simple possession and forested areas are turned into killing grounds by growers using lethal protection. The Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights are written on hemp paper. There are many benefits in growing cannabis not including getting high. It can be turned into rope, clothing, & many many other products. GT is using Zonker to lobby for the farming of cannabis/hemp, but it is up to voters to make it happen. Respectfully, C.