Editor,

I heard on the news that a bill is in the state house about the legalization of medical marijuana. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but it is a moral issue. The reasoning is that it should be made available for terminally ill patients. Which I agree if needed, even though to my knowledge the effectiveness hasn't been proven. Why should it be made legal? Generally, medicine has more side effects than benefits.

Alcohol has been made legal in most areas, and we never learn. My uncle met a premature death as a result of alcohol and his family was affected by alcohol and drugs. Some of your subscribers to your newspaper know exactly of whom I am talking about.

The Christian people should not stay silent on this issue. The folks that claim to be Christians that are for the sale of alcohol and drugs, shame on you. This is hypocricy. (Habakkuk 2 and 1 Timothy 6: 9-10)

The church should act on this issue. As a whole, they seem to be asleep and care less what goes on in this world. (Matthew 16: 19)

I'm sick and tired of reading and hearing on the news of what's happening on the news. There's a drug problem worse than I thought. I realized that by reading the arrest reports in your newspaper.

Jerry Turlington, Fort Payne

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