Regarding “574 Texans OK’d for medical pot” (Front page, Monday): Our friends in Canada have made the use of cannabis, whether medical or personal, legal from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Our largest states in both people and land mass have made users of the herb free at last. Several other states, such as Michigan, the 10th largest, have recently followed suit.
Texas, a very multicultural state, despite the protestations of some of its residents, should join the cosmopolitan world of the 21st century. Weed is currently legally classified alongside medically addictive drugs like fentanyl and heroin. It is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco, both of which have killed or harmed millions who have quite legally consumed them. Users of marijuana should have equal rights with drinkers of alcohol.
Many of us aging boomers, now, are being told that we cannot have the legal treatment we need for pain and other illnesses. Pot, at least, can help treat pain without the toxicity of alcohol and other drugs. It is time, now, to make it legal but regulated, like alcohol and tobacco. Probably the most dangerous things about cannabis are the pesticides used to grow it for a thriving black market and the fact that you could get a police record for being caught with it. Paul L. Rowe, Houston