Letters from the week of May 13

Plog: “Medical marijuana supporters celebrated 4/20 yesterday,” April 21

Kind, Bud

Thanks to Justin Kendall for covering 4/20 on the Pitch Plog.

The march through the Plaza was hosted by Cures Not Wars and Kansas City’s local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

As president of Kansas City NORML Inc., I have made several trips to Jefferson City to plead with lawmakers to assign Bill 1670 to a committee to decide its fate. I fight for medical marijuana on behalf of my father, who is dying from multiple sclerosis, as well as the rest of the chronically ill in Missouri.

We need to concentrate on the facts that, currently, doctors are allowed to prescribe cocaine, methamphetamine and several other common prescription medications that have terrible, potentially life-threatening side effects. Whereas Tylenol kills hundreds of people every year, marijuana has never been associated with a single fatality and has proven medicinal qualities.

Other truths: (1) Doctors and patients should determine medicine, not politicians. (2) The federal government holds a patent on marijuana as a neurophysiology protectant. (3) Numerous professional health organizations support medical marijuana, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians (the two largest professional health organizations in the country).

We’ve come to realize that we need to take this to a citizen’s ballot initiative, locally then statewide. Don Yarber, the mayor of Cottleville, Missouri, has been trying to do the same thing. The effort to pass a medical-marijuana ordinance there lost by 1 percent.

“Thank you, 49 percent!” he said at the end of his speech during the statewide NORML Conference April 10 in St. Louis.

Brandon Ryan
Kansas City, Missouri

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Feature: “The Slip,” April 29

No One’s Home

I did not enjoy the tone of David Martin’s article about Brent Lambi; moreover, I have a complaint about the divulgence of Mr. Lambi’s complete address. As a resident of the street he lives on, I found it irresponsible and unsafe to state publicly that the house is vacant and that a car is unattended in the driveway. I do not know Mr. Lambi personally, but I think public safety should have crossed the writer’s mind. Thank you for this chance to voice my opinion.

Sloane Simmons
Kansas City, Missouri

Correction: The name of the Kwon family was misspelled in last week’s review of Korean Restaurant Sobahn. We apologize for the error.