CHURCH AND STATE: A church in Benton is on the side of state opposition to the initiative allowing medical marijuana.

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  • CHURCH AND STATE: A church in Benton is on the side of state opposition to the initiative allowing medical marijuana. MySaline.com posted the picture and comment.

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I had a brief discussion last week of the strong intervention by a variety of state officials, including a Department of Human Services division head, against the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical uses — with a doctor’s permission and from a registered dispensary regulated by the state.

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I now have a thorough legal defense of the state taxpayer-financed politicking in the form of a legal memorandum from the Department of Human Services. It’s a persuasive case. Doesn’t make them right on the facts or honest in their presentation, of course. Just legal.

(Does anybody but me think it a little strange that one of the biggest arguments against this law to provide relief for sick people is that licensed physicians will abuse the law and give out prescriptions willy nilly, if it’s marijuana. Has it occurred to anyone that this same argument could be used regarding legal — and much more dangerous — prescription painkillers, stimulants and other drugs?)

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PS — Some 70 doctors will announce their support for the initiative today. Also, another group of about 25 doctors announced an ad hoc group opposed to use of marijuana as medication.

The DHS analysis follows. It is lengthy:

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