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TACOMA: Say no to gateway initiative

Letter by Jarod R. Loeffler, DuPont on Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm | 1 Comment »
October 18, 2011 1:23 pm

Initiative 1 in Tacoma calls for marijuana to be placed on the lowest priority list for law enforcement. Whereas many see passing this initiative as good act, I see it differently.

Many consider marijuana a gateway drug; likewise I consider this a gateway initiative. If we allow this to pass, I am almost certain there will be attempts to completely decriminalize the use of marijuana.

Passing this initiative will only open doors for other interest groups to get other illegal substances and crimes placed “lower” on law enforcements priority list. People need to realize that it isn’t just going to be dropped on the priority list, it will be dropped altogether. This opens the door for marijuana users to peddle their wares throughout Tacoma.

I understand the uses for it medically, but this initiative doesn’t just cover that one aspect, it deals with its overall use.

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