By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
WEED IT AND WEEP
In response to Concerned Citizen's letter about Nick Schou's feature ["Into the Emerald Triangle," July 8], this issue has become very unsettling for the naive and willfully ignorant.
In the early days of our nation, the hemp plant (a.k.a. cannabis) proved a valuable resource for hundreds of years, instrumental in the making of fabric, paper and other necessities. It is important for citizens to understand that prior to the early 1930s, many of the medicines available to the public were sensibly based on cannabis. It was only after William Randolph Hearst demonized marijuana (because the growing of hemp was cutting into his paper-production profits) that "reefer madness" became the nouveau hysteria. To be clear, society was deprived of this relatively harmless medicinal herb to satisfy the greed of an extremely wealthy and influential newspaper magnate.
Some say they are concerned with abusers. Can anyone describe what a cancer patient or one with AIDS looks like? What about someone who suffers from multiple sclerosis, chronic pain or migraines? Has our population taken up practicing medicine without a license? The reality is that we don't know what condition people are using medicinal cannabis for any more than we can identify why they might be filling a prescription for Prozac, Vicodin or morphine (highly addictive drugs) at the local drug store. And it is not up to us to decide upon medical treatment for another person—that must remain between a doctor and patient.
Are there abuses? Prescription pain killers, sleep aids and psychotropic drugs top the list of drugs abused in this nation. More than 100,000 people die from the side effects of "legitimate" prescription drugs every year in the U.S. Yet, do we ban or severely restrict pharmacies? Abuses happen in all facets of society, but to deprive people of a needed medication because of those who may misuse it is cruel and inhumane.
When Proposition 215 was passed by the compassionate voters of California in 1996, state and federal governments were asked to implement a plan to provide for the safe, affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of it. The government has been sorely negligent in this endeavor. The dispensaries and growers have filled that gap. So, Concerned Citizen, if you are angry, call and write to your government officials demanding they fill this critical need and end the quagmire they have cultivated.
The one thing that is certain in this whole scenario is that each one of the readers of our letters will die someday. How they die—and how much they or their loved ones will suffer—may depend on their access to medical marijuana. Be very careful what you condemn today, especially that which you may be crying for tomorrow.
Diana Lejins, Advocate for Disability Rights, via ocweekly.com
COMPLAINY NONPROFITS SUCK . . .
There are things called private-property rights. If a landlord wants you out, then you are out [Gabriel San Roman's "El Centro Cultural de Someplace Else," July 15]. Get over it. My landlord wants someone with more cash in here, so I move. Stop crying. Move. It isn't that difficult, and there are TONS of vacancies in Santa Ana. I've looked, and they are CHEAP. Look, your illegal brothers have been able to figure out the concept of moving on the fly to el norte for years; why is it that the community center can't take all of that wealth of knowledge and apply it to a truck and a lease agreement?
Moving isn't rocket science. It takes simple application of one's abilities. These community clowns don't want to apply themselves and just want to cry about it.
Your Padre, via ocweekly.com
. . . AND SO DO HIPSTERS
OMG! He puts potato chips on his burger [Edwin Goei's "Burger Parlor Games," July 15]???? Wow, groundbreaking. I must be a fucking genius because I've been doing that since I was . . . 5. Hipsters, you all are sheep. Keep following the rest of your uninformed flock. Chips, indeed.
Your Padre, via ocweekly.com
I live with and work with Mexican scientists in Mexico. Most of them want to travel abroad for more experience or higher degrees, but almost all of them want to come back and live and work in Mexico. It is called love of country and duty [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! "Will Mexicans Ever Return to Mexico to Make it Better?" July 15].
Stilt21, via ocweekly.com