Thank you to The Journal editorial board for its support (Feb. 2 Our Opinion) for states' rights regarding marijuana policy.

The most important aspect here is the need to encourage unfettered research, which has been stymied by restrictive federal policies. Many of marijuana's medical benefits arise from its balance in essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 and 9, at least in the seed) and strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, of course. The inebriants factor in THC has overshadowed the other benefits for too long. Most surprising is how dangerous opiates are, with just a slight overdose leading to death by shutting down autonomic breathing, yet even massive overdose of marijuana has never caused a single death. This is because marijuana does not touch the opiate receptor system.

Iowa is right to readjust its policies to encourage investigation of marijuana's beneficial attributes - the faster, the better, to avoid more opiate deaths. - Paul Peterson, Storm Lake, Iowa

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