A Kentucky state law enforcement official says that marijuana is not medicine, and believes that pot proponents have simply disguised their desire to get stoned with misinformation about the drug’s supposed medicinal properties in an attempt to bamboozle Kentuckians into supporting its legalization.

In a recent opinion article published on Kentucky.com, Frank Rapier, director of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area based in London, Kentucky says that while certain cannabinoids may have medicinal qualities, the idea that smoking marijuana as a miracle drug is really just propaganda written and distributed by cannabis advocates.

Rapier states that the legalization of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, defies logic and goes against sound science and reasoning.

“Kentucky does not need to follow a course that will only bring more despair to a citizenry that has suffered from decades of substance abuse,” he writes, before adding the need to set the record straight in regards to Kentuckians being sold on the idea that marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco.

Rapier conveniently disregards the facts about alcohol and tobacco being responsible for killing nearly 520,000 people every year in the United States before slandering the name of medicinal marijuana by declaring that the majority of its recipients only use it to remedy anxiety, pain, stress and insomnia -- not necessarily a debilitating or life-threatening illness such as cancer.

Well, officer -- while marijuana has proven to be an excellent treatment in alleviating symptoms of diseases like cancer and HIV, it is also medically recognized as a viable and safe alternative for treating anxiety disorders and chronic pain.

In fact, recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that many popular prescription drugs used to treat anxiety and pain are responsible for killing more American citizens, including your fellow Kentuckians, than cocaine and heroin combined. Clearly there is a need for medical marijuana.

It is important to understand that the point of the marijuana advocate is not supernatural and the research and overall message is not intended to trick the average citizen into supporting the efforts to legalize marijuana just so potheads can walk around stoned without fear of legal ramifications.

We are living in the same world as the you, the non-supporter: the one where alcohol and tobacco continues to be the most socially acceptable legal drugs in America, even though these substances have absolutely no medicinal properties and, in most cases, are considered well-packaged detriments to our society.

The fact that marijuana has any medicinal benefit at all and is not a potentially lethal substance, medicinally or recreationally, should be enough evidence to support its legalization.