In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.

Last week's question:

The California Supreme Court recently upheld the right of local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, leaving intact a growing movement to outlaw the pot businesses despite a 1996 state law that permits the use of weed for medical purposes. What do you think about this recent ruling?

IT IS TOTALLY time to end our generation's version of prohibition. Whether or not this is for medicinal use or not, really shouldn't be the issue.

Perhaps we should do like other states have recently done and that is to legalize the recreational use of it. Similar controls to what is in place for alcohol seems to me to be quite sensible. All of the zillions of dollars in fighting this have not made a dent in it at all through the years. And think about all of the lives lost in drug wars by the illegal cartels. Let's take it out of the shadows.

Tim Biglow

Brentwood

IT IS ANOTHER alarming signal about how divided and incommunicado our society has become.

The science of whether or not medical marijuana actually works seems to have little to do with all the different public opinions. Back to witchcraft and the dark ages. Worked then, maybe will work again for all us poor folks.

Don Anthony

Pittsburg

This week's question:

Random smog checkpoints by the state's Bureau of Automotive Repair are becoming more frequent thanks to a recent financing boost. Targeted are cars made from 1976 to 2007. The voluntary tests are part of the agency's push to bring state air quality into compliance with federal standards. What do you think about surprise smog tests?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.