DEA Will Just Ignore Any Schedule-Change Proposals

J.M. Smith has nothing to worry about regarding the move to take cannabis out of Schedule 1 ("Locked Up," Medical MJ, Jan. 5).

If history is any prelude to the future, the petitions for rescheduling cannabis will languish for years in the Drug Enforcement Administration inbox. After lawsuits to force action and discussion, and probably with dissent from the agency's administrative law judges, the head of the DEA will deny the petition by fiat.

Jay Bergstrom

Thanks for the Jan. 8 Coverage

I very much appreciate all the articles you published about the shooting at Safeway on Jan. 8, 2011 (Jan. 5). I particularly appreciated the article which mentions Daniel Hernandez Jr. The article suggests that Mr. Hernandez has chosen modestly to stay out of the limelight in favor of emulating the everyday heroes he most admires, who do their best day after day to serve their communities. He is a role model for us all.

Thanks to Tom Zoellner as well for doing his homework so carefully in "Not in a Vacuum." I would add Sheriff Dupnik's remarks that "people tend to pooh-pooh this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech, but it's not without consequences."

He was so right—and he was chastised for this remark by opportunistic Arizona conservatives. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' opponent was not the only Republican inciting voters to violence in the last election. We might also remember the advertising campaign of Sarah Palin, literally targeting Arizona in her crosshairs. These two were ample evidence of the truth of Sheriff Dupnik's comments.

Well done, Weekly editors and staff. Thank you.

Patricia A. McKnight


In the Jan. 12, Noshing Around, we reported that Gusto Osteria was open on Sunday; the restaurant is actually closed on Sunday.

We apologize for the mistake.

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