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Lapeer County residents need not fear medical marijuana


To the Editor:

Medical Marijuana is coming to Lapeer County. Are you worried?

Don't be. Let's put it in perspective by comparing Medical Marijuana to the many legal prescriptions our doctors write every day.

"Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That's one person every five minutes." — www.alternet.org.

"Prescriptions now biggest cause of fatal drug overdoses." — USA Today.

"100,000 Americans die each year from prescription drugs." — educationnews.org.

"Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the direct cause of between 10-15,000 deaths, as well as over 200,000 admissions to US hospitals every year." — Health Medicine Center

Literature on the World Wide Web contends there has yet to be reported a single death from the use of marijuana. Legal or illegal. Anywhere in the world. Throughout history. Overdosing isn't even possible.

Is the introduction of Medical Marijuana in Lapeer County a threat?

To pharmaceuticals and others with vested, financial interests in keeping the plant illegal—yes. They should worry.

Is it a threat to you? Only if you think so, otherwise you needn't worry.

In fact, if you're seriously ill, the common marijuana weed can be a godsend. Literally.

—Timothy Birchet

Imlay City


July 21, 2010

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