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High on States' Rights

September 17, 2002

I hope the people of Santa Cruz continue their opposition to federal drug-war tactics ("Santa Cruz Officials Plan Pot Giveaway," Sept. 12). If the marijuana is grown in California and consumed by Californians, I do not understand where the federal jurisdiction comes in. The recent federal raids without the support of local law enforcement are clearly illegal. Let the federal government concentrate on national issues, such as defending this country. Let local government deal with local issues, such as what substances the citizens of a given state may grow and use.

Lee Aydelotte

Huntington Beach

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