And here I was thinking that I might get an actual substantive answer from someone who is elected to represent my interest in Washington. Silly me.
May 27, 2008
Mr. Nick Adams
8335 1/4 Blackburn Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90048-4217
Dear Mr. Adams:
Thank you for contacting me to follow up on our recent
correspondence concerning H.R. 5843, a bill to remove federal
penalties for the personal use of marijuana. Although we have a
different perspective on the issue, I appreciate having the benefit
of your view. I hope you will continue to keep in touch in the
future on matters of concern.
Again, thank you for contacting me and I hope you will
continue to keep in touch on issues of concern.
With kind regards, I am
Henry A. Waxman
Member of Congress.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The Honorable Henry Waxman
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Waxman,
I’m just curious as to what your perspective is. I have taken the logical and common sense tact that there is no reason to continue the criminalization of a substance that has been demonstrated to be significantly less harmful to the user and to society than alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs. Since you have refused to even address the points that I made in my original letter, it’s impossible for me to know where you stand. I’ll repeat:
Right now, thousands of your constituents in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are partaking of marijuana in the comfort and safety of their own homes, harming no one.
Why continue to treat them like criminals?