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September 9, 2001
Dear Editor: Please forgive this bypass of your new Medical Marijuana Law (MMJ) columnist. He may have the right heart for the role, yet forgive this visitor for being educated early through schools in the U.K., where the coin of the realm remains English - properly used.
While the vernacular may be perfectly acceptable for a weekly opinion or Op-Ed piece,
Mr. “Smith’s” ‘street’ dialect may be counter-productive to our mutual goal of legalization,
as well as fair and balanced executive regulations.
Moreover, one must look to the State of California, which has experience for the recent seven (7) years with similar legislation. In their most recent past, many cities – including Los Angeles – have written regulations that curtail distribution and growth, within their local powers’ wishes. Furthermore, Governor Jerry Brown signed recent state legislation permitting this practice, which move is being challenged on a state Constitutional level, by both growers and distributors.
The column’s “Street” language may give Mr. Smith “street cred, ” yet with due given to his quoted “political” and “legal” writing, perhaps it lends credence to those well-meaning city leaders and lobbyists whom decry the nature of this new populist “beast.”
Nevertheless, best wishes remain offered to your “cutting-edge” strategy, and let us say the “proof will be in the pudding.”
Kind Regards, Reed Gauge, LLD.
p.s. To qualify this response, I fully admit that I am a licensed distributor in California.
cc: London Financial Times; LA Weekly, Denver Westword
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