By David Holcberg (Los Angeles Daily News, August 8, 2007; San Bernardino Sun, August 11, 2007; LA Weekly, August 29, 2007; San Jose Mercury News, October 28, 2007; The Virginian-Pilot & The Ledger-Star, December 9, 2007; Boston Herald, April 1, 2008)
The purpose of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is the protection of every individual's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An individual who possesses or cultivates marijuana violates no one's rights.
Just as the government has no right to dictate what foods we ingest or what books we read, it should have no right to dictate what drugs we take so long as we do not violate the rights of others. And in the case of people with terminal diseases, forcefully preventing them from using drugs that might alleviate their pain is unconscionably immoral.