To say marijuana is 'illegal' is no different than saying hunting, fishing or driving a car are illegal. Sometimes they are and sometimes they aren't. For example they all require registration with the state, and payment for a license, permit or card that you must have to be legal. Try driving, hunting or fishing without one if you think otherwise.
One glaring difference however is that the hunting and fishing rules and regulations are published by the state and traffic laws are posted where all can see them. This makes it easy for people to stay within the law and easy for law enforcement personnel to determine who's breaking the law and who's not. Medical marijuana patients, on the other hand, have not been told how state officials interpret the law and innocent people have been unknowingly arrested by the police. Many of these people are terminal and the last thing they need is legal entanglements while they are trying to die with dignity. The current administration, attorney general and governor wannabe Mike Cox in particular, need to step up, do their jobs and publicly issue clear guidelines.
Name withheld upon request, Attica
November 25, 2009