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Christians should ease others' suffering

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Dear Editor:

As a Christian, I am so glad to see local churches involved in community affairs, including elections. As a trained Christian outreach worker, I would respectfully ask to make a few clarifications to last week's letter from local pastors. First and most importantly, they point out the obvious medical benefits of a wide range of doctor prescribed treatment plans using this drug. As Christians, is it not our moral imperative to help ease the suffering of our fellow man? For this reason alone, I support the medical marijuana initiative.

It is true that withdrawal from alcohol can kill infants. That drug kills adults every day. It is true that withdrawal from methamphetamine can kill infants. That drug also kills adults on a daily basis. No such effect has been medically shown with marijuana ... I am afraid the pastors received bad information on that one. Make no mistake. Children should not do any drugs until they reach the age of 21. It is important for us, as a Christian community, to teach them about drugs, and what those drugs do. It is also important for their bodies to fully develop to give them the best chance of surviving the effects of those drugs.

As a Christian outreach professional, I believe we must not censor medical facts with perceived moral beliefs. Do no harm. Tobacco, a seed bearing plant, is by far the most dangerous drug to humans on the planet ... that drug kills one in 10 adult humans. Alcohol, a manufactured substance, is a close second when discussing drugs that are potentially fatal to humans. Marijuana is not on that list. No human deaths from this drug have been documented. I do not get to vote in the Delta election, but as your Christian neighbor, I urge you to vote. Use good information as you decide how to cast your vote. And God bless you all.

Jay Ziegler

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