With deep respect for Pastors Binion, Lewis and Loera, I am yet another Fresno pastor who strongly supports the medical marijuana tax resolution being proposed by Councilmembers Olivier, Baines, and Caprioglio. Some of my reasoning is practical. Regulating marijuana for medical use deters the black market and cuts off some sources of gang income. Then, tax income can be used to help revitalize southwest Fresno and downtown, which need infusions of investment.
But I also support the resolution for moral and humanitarian reasons. I’ve seen terrible suffering caused by brutal chemotherapy treatments or unrelenting chronic pain. Medical marijuana can often bring