Marijuana criminalization unjust
November 1st, 2016
Re “Archbishop: Don’t legalize marijuana,” Oct. 20:
I just finished reading the article by Archbishop Cordileone on his views for why we as voters should vote against Proposition 64, and I am frankly stunned and saddened by such a cold and unfeeling article.
Some of the logic is certainly a great argument for the regulation of this substance, and both Washington and Colorado show great strides on this. California can and should make a contribution.
But by the archbishop bringing up his DUI arrest, he fails to address a glaring disparity between alcohol and marijuana. While the shame and embarrassment of his DUI is of course painful, it is a far cry from the pain and suffering that millions of people suffer from the simple possession of a plant.
I would hope the archbishop realizes the fallacy of his argument and would instead enlighten himself as to why the legalization of marijuana is not only a fair thing, but a good Christian and compassionate thing to do.
The writer is a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
From November 3, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.
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