Letters to the Editor March 5, 2009

By The Daily Triplicate readers March 05, 2009 08:45 am

Sgt. Morris wrong on law, is wasting taxpayers’ money


In response to the article about the two men arrested with the medical cannabis. (“Business trip goes awry,” Feb. 25): sheriff’s Sgt Steve Morris’ statement about the 1996 Compassionate Use Act as just a defense is completely wrong and goes against the California Department of Justice Attorney General Edmund G. Brown’s protocol that is clearly outlined in an August 2008 directive to law enforcement.

It is called “the guidelines for the security and non-diversion of cannabis grown for medical use.” It is for the purpose of helping law enforcement, patients and primary caregivers understand how they may cultivate, transport, possess, and use medical cannabis under California “law.”

The idea of arresting everyone and letting the courtroom figure it out is blatant frivolous use of taxpayers’ money right now. Perhaps that’s why the highest law officer in the land, Attorney General Brown, took the time to write an 11-page protocol for law enforcement. The reality is that these guys will retain top L.A. attorneys and beat the case because it’s legal under California “law.”

The attorney general recognizes the “law.” The voters put the “law” in. It’s time for Sgt. Morris to start following the law. A copy of the AG’s guidelines are being sent by certified mail to Sgt. Morris, so he indeed will have a copy so he will know his bosses’ rules of engagement.

Let’s stop wasting money that the state doesn’t have. Put it back in the schools and do not let one department’s idealistic views on the “law” here in Del Norte County ruin the future of our children.

Larry Miller
Crescent City

 

LRT production of ‘Proof’ was masterfully executed


Anyone who didn't get to see Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s production of “Proof” missed a consummate performance by all four actors and a masterful execution of direction from Howard Patterson.

In a moving, poignant but often funny story revolving around the complexities of human nature, a beautifully written play has its storyline contained against the backdrop of the complexities of “Einstein-ian” mathmatics.

You didn’t need a college degree to understand the concept; the story and the actors’ portrayal reached everyone. We could see ourselves in all four, no matter what our background. Dan McGlasson’s manic scene set in the freezing weather alongside his daughter showed a range of emotion par excellence. Everyone was first class.

More please!

Jan Marney
Brookings