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December 25, 2018

Not mob ruleRe: “Majority rule lacks the science,” Opinion, Sunday:Alan Preston cites two objections to state-approved marijuana availability:1. Insufficient medical studies. Preston ignores the fact that the federal government prohibited and then impeded marijuana medical research. The government allows such research using only very limited material from the University of Mississippi. As for independently funded marijuana research, the federal government has cleared 16 projects since 1999, 13 at the University of California, San Diego. If testing cannot be conducted, then there will be no science-based evaluation.2. Federal law should not be voided by state law (what he calls mob rule). While a long-standing Supreme Court ruling, this position ignores the frustration of states that disagree with a federal law, which is also not necessarily based on science. The 1970 act that made marijuana a Schedule I drug had little scientific support but plenty of political bias. The evidence from 1970 can and should be superseded by more current studies.If scientific research is needed, the people, in the form of state laws, have taken the issue into their own hands only because the federal government refuses to investigate.Dave SearceyUSPS does itRe: “Buyers count on Amazon to deliver,” Business, Saturday:A shopper laments that because the U.S. Postal Service misdelivered her parcel she is “over it.” She is now buying from Amazon “because I know for a fact it will be here when they say it will.”Well, duh? Just who does she think delivers Amazon’s packages? In fact, smaller parcels initially shipped by vendors using UPS/FedEx are eventually delivered by the Postal Service. The article gives the impression that Amazon is responsible for its timely deliveries. Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping guarantee is only made possible with coordination with the USPS.Don Ripley, FloresvilleDefine ’essential’If only “nonessential” federal employees are to go without pay, why do the essentially nonworking senators, House members and executive branch personnel continue to be paid?C.H. Hood

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