Re "Newsom wades into the weed" (Dan Morain, Oct. 27):Dan Morain correctly describes the downfalls of legalizing pot, including serious public health issues, including increased symptoms for severely mentally ill, and social consequences.
Environmental degradation and use of herbicides, insecticides and other harmful chemicals is not the way to produce a useful medicine. Legal status would send the message that it is safe and OK to use.
Government's role is not to use money and power created by marijuana sales. Government's role is to do what is best for its people.
Calling marijuana a medicine is a scam. Comparing it to alcohol and tobacco should be enough to point out all the dangers.
-- Madeleine Melo, Fort Bragg