Yes, I am in favor of legalizing marijuana

I am in favor of the legalization of cannabis.

I personally know several people who have benefited from the use of cannabis in different forms for a variety of health issues, pain from bone cancer, migraine headaches, pain and swelling in the knees and pain from MS, also chronic back pain from an injury.

I believe, too, that people who abuse it will continue to do so whether it is legal or not, but people who truly need this medication will no longer have to hide or obtain it illegally.

It is no longer just a “mind-altering drug,” we have come a long way and I say kudos to the communities that are taking the legal steps to make this much-needed medication available in our area.

KATHIE WERDA,

Alpena