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I HAVE TO LAUGH AT Gene Cisewski’s attempt (The Mail, 8/18) to refute my statement that the national office of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) often smelled like marijuana (City Desk, 8/11). As evidence that such a condition could not occur, Cisewski cites what he calls the “professional leadership” of Allen St. Pierre (NORML’s assistant national director). But in fact, the June Washington Monthly printed a copy of a memo by St. Pierre specifically acknowledging that marijuana use was allowed in the office between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Additionally, I do not know what Cisewski means when he refers to my “newly formed group.” I have no such group, although if I did, I assure him it would not count NORML among its allies. NORML’s incompetence currently does more harm to those trying to end marijuana prohibition than any anti-drug group does.

Dupont Circle