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POT: Think about the consequences

Letter by Jerry Ogden, Tacoma on Oct. 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm with 23 Comments »
October 27, 2011 2:18 pm

The voter pamphlet indicates there is no opposition to Tacoma’s Initiative 1, which would lower emphasis of law enforcement in regards to marijuana offenses. Why should there be? Such offenses are against the law.

There is an increasingly dismissive attitude about the word illegal in this country. Our elected officials continue to parse words and inject words into the conversation, which has the effect of legitimizing issues that are in fact illegal.

Medical marijuana is a term floated around and eventually effective enough to make medical marijuana clinics a reality all over this country.

I know in some cases, marijuana can be prescribed by a doctor. I don’t believe that fact authorizes any local government to legitimize marijuana clinics, anymore than they should be allowed to legitimize sleeping pill clinics or penicillin clinics. Obviously, our elected officials are engaging in incremental efforts to legalize marijuana in order to justify its use and probably their own use.

How many potheads in the near future will follow alcoholics and other drug users down the path to social security disability for their addictions at the tax payers expense? Think of the consequences of enabling addicts.

You can make a difference by voting No on Tacoma Initiative 1.

Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. AlabamaGeorge says:

    Jerry didn’t watch Ken Burns’ documentary on Prohibition

  2. surething says:

    Jesus, are you serious?

  3. gilliegun says:

    Thank you so much for your opinion.
    As a Cancer survivor still under medical care, who speaks to the other patients while waiting on therapy, I can tell you this.
    Pulling the rug out from under patients who rely on medical maryjane for pallative care is the criminal thing to do.
    Walk a mile in their shoes, if you dare.

  4. notSpicoli says:

    I am left dumfounded and speechless. This is a joke, right?

  5. Peeannoplaya says:

    sleeping pill clinics?

    How about over the counter sleeping pills?

  6. Great letter Jerry.
    How many more drugged out motorists do we need on our highways? Zero is my answer and making pot more available will raise the numbers of drivers under the influence.
    Vote no on Initiative 1.
    For those in pain, see a reliable MD and get a prescription for a legal pain medication. Read the label, follow the instructions and do not drive if that is what it advises. Smoking anything is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Other methods of ingestion are probably just as bad over the long haul.

  7. Peeannoplaya says:

    Don’t you need a physician’s note for medicinal marijuana?

  8. yup, u definitely need medication; i cant believe they even printed this… oh yeah i forgot, mr callahan’s sorry self is in charge of all things opinion-related.
    to start, a given action is illegal only when the gov’t determines it as such.
    second, our many levels of gov’t simply cannot agree upon the legality of marijuana. it boils down to the fact that the state and county enforcement are present while the federalis are not.
    lastly, anyone who uses marijuana would somehow be eligible for SSI?
    so are you getting all of your info from fox news or glenn beck?
    either way you are sadly misinformed. did u even read your own post? it’s absurdly ignorant.

  9. oh, and the only person defending the letter writer is also claiming that the passage of this bill would make it legal to operate motor vehicles under the influence of legal prescription drugs. very interesting indeed, sirs.

  10. princessnancy says:

    Well stated Jerry!. I will be voting NO on Initiative 1. I hope some of those commenting against this will come to their senses soon!

  11. notSpicoli says:

    Of course Publico and Mr. Ogden have something other than their own conjecture to back up their hysterical projections about cannabis and driving.

    So in states that have legalized medical cannabis, we should see a corresponding increase in the inevitable traffic deaths they assume.

    Yet from 2008-2009, fatal crashes in the states that had medical cannabis declined overall 9.34%.

    Remarkably, California, where there are over a million medical cannabis users (less than 3% of the population of CA) there were 353 fewer traffic fatalities.

    Initiative 1 does not ask the Tacoma Police to ignore impaired driving or make it the lowest priority. When cops see a driver who shows evidence of actual driving impairment, that driver must be stopped.

    However, concerns over cannabis use and impaired driving are addressed in I-502 which allows for active THC delta 9 levels to be measured in drivers stopped for probable cause for impaired driving and subsequent evidence of actual impairment.

  12. Publico – your support for prohibition is not reality based. The trickle effect that you claim would happen from legalization is as delusional as trickle-down economics.

    DUI needs to be dealt with directly. Increase fines and penalties (including jail time for the first offense). Make getting pulled over for being intoxicated while driving a serious offense and more folks will take it seriously.

    As it is, all too often, what happens is exactly what happened when TPD pulled over two guys in front of my business who were too drunk to walk, let alone drive. They told them to sleep it off – by leaning against my building. When I told the drunks they were bad for business and had to leave they weaved to their car and drove off. WHY WEREN”T THEY HAULED OFF BY THE COPS AND THEIR CAR IMPOUNDED?

  13. gillegun, I hope that anyone in need of marijuana for medical reasons can be assured of getting it, though it is hard to imagine that smoking is the best means of getting it into one’s system. But never mind that. If smoking pot relieves their suffering, they sould be permitted to do so.

    As for driving under the influence, I’m not too worried. A good many recreation potheads probably don’t stray too far from the couch or the cupboard.

  14. DUI should be a felony, with mandatory seven days in jail for the first offense. (Full disclosure – I had a conviction for DUI in 1982.) Marijuana possession should be decriminalized for those over 21. Providing drugs or alcohol to minors should be a felony with mandatory jail time.

    Every person found with pot should be handed a tax bill for $250 per ounce.

    If an intoxicated driver kills anyone in a crash, it should be a mandatory 15 years in jail. Second offense should be 25 to life.

    I can promise you that recidivism will be minimal after a few of these get handed out.

  15. blakeshouse says:

    Seem the letter writer has just seen “Reefer Madness” and is buying the lies hook line and sinker. Also by continuing to support the needless ban on this mild recreational intoxicant, means the continuing support of racial bias, because the ban was instituted on the basis of blacks, mexicans and islanders using it and then raping white women. Henry Anslinger would be proud of all of you

  16. I just voted no. I can see no good reason for unleashing another dangerous drug on society. Alcohol causes enough misery and economic loss.

  17. Peeannoplaya says:

    A stereotype is a stereotype. couch and cupboard indeed

  18. unleashing another dangerous drug on society

    Your perception of marijuana is a “dangerous” drug aside….how the heck can you believe that this initiative would “unleash” marijuana use at any higher level than the failed attempts at prohibition have “unleashed”?

  19. “Your perception of marijuana is a “dangerous” drug aside….how the heck can you believe that this initiative would “unleash” marijuana use at any higher level than the failed attempts at prohibition have “unleashed”?”

    If I place 10 hidden land mines in your yard, are more safe or less safe if I place an additional 10 hidden bear traps in your yard?

  20. One more thing Beerboy. Do you think alcohol sales went up after prohibition or do you think they stayed the same?

  21. Bear traps and land mines?

    cite some evidence to support your assertion.

  22. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pub- I am with you on this one. It is a slippery slope.

    To the those claiming stats showing how safe the roads will be, you need to compare nationwide declines in fatalities vs the decline post pot acceptance in selective states. All roads have been safer thanks to new technology in modern cars (ABS, airbags, etc.).

    I feel the supporters of pot want the revenue from taxing it, the savings from not prosecuting it, or enjoy getting high. The first two can be debated in regards to the impact on society. The last shows selfishness.

    The small population needing it due to cancer or eye problems- life dealt you a bad hand and I feel bad for you. But there are many alternatives thy do no effect or downgrade our already declining morales.

  23. alindasue says:

    concernedtacoma7 said, “… But there are many alternatives thy do no effect or downgrade our already declining morales.”

    You mean legal “alternatives” like that favorite “medication” of those in chronic pain: alcohol. There aren’t any morals that can be taken into decline by marijuana any farther than they’ve already been taken by alcohol.

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