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Reading the Alpena news Saturday, I noticed a disturbing problem with crime and punishment as practiced by a local "judge". A young feller was persecuted for marihuana possession. Among the crimes being sentenced were a couple of assaults which elicited less harsh penalties than the lad received for utilizing his "freedom" by using such a hard drug. How are we to illustrate common sense and a respect for law enforcement when a person's use of a relatively innocuous weed is considered a larger crime than violent assault? I see it as a pitiful misuse of police powers, as well as a freedom stifling of freedom.


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