Shinto Kaikaku (New Renaissance Party) is to be commended for its courageous stand, and deserves much more support (“Party pushes for medical use of pot” in the July 9 issue).

The research on the benefits of medical marijuana is over and done with; all the prohibitionist arguments melt away when confronted with the truth.

One aspect that is often ignored, however, is the freedom of religion. So-called marijuana is a sacred herb to many who partake. It should be treated with respect, and not abused. It has many benefits for the mind and spirit, as it does for the body. To outlaw a sacred plant is a denial of religious freedom.

Seth Tyrssen

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