Dear Ms. Daniels,
Thank you for contacting me with your support for the legalization of Marijuana. I appreciate your taking time to reach me, and I enjoy hearing your views.
I am sorry that we may be in some disagreement on this issue. I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana. While the individual users may not often see the larger dangers, marijuana use often escalates into use of harder drugs and contributes to the nationwide cycle of violence resulting from the drug trade. It is estimated that three out of four violent crimes involve drugs. And everyone that participates in the production, selling or using of illegal substances contributes, often unknowingly, to that violence which affects everyone. For these reasons, I believe that current efforts to stop the recreational use and production of marijuana continues to be in the best interests of American society.
Since 1996, nine states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) have implemented laws allowing seriously ill patients to possess and use medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. While these laws protect patients from state criminal marijuana penalties, they do not shield patients from federal prosecution, nor do they allow a state legislature to legally distribute medical marijuana.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to keep in touch. I look forward to hearing from you in the future on this and other issues of importance.
Shelley Moore Capito, M.C.