To the Editor:
Scott Heiser's claim that "some medical-marijuana advocates were “driven by a desire to legalize the drug … using the medical-marijuana act to try and advance their ‘cause.’ ”" brings to mind the old trial lawyers' adage that when the facts are on your side you pound on the facts and when the law is on your side you pound on the law and when neither the law or the facts are on your side you pound on the table.
Oregonians deserve something other than name calling in considering whether Ballot Measure 33, Amending the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, ought be passed. They deserve a full and fair discussion of the problems with the existing law, and whether expanding the act to give access to all legitimate patients who need the protection of the law, and whether licensed and regulated dispensaries can adequately assure a supply of the medicine these patients need.
Once that happens, Oregon will lead the nation by enacting a template of what a compassionate medical marijuana act ought look like.