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POT: Put Hill’s ‘crime’ in perspective

Letter by Mike R. Peluso, Puyallup on Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm with 10 Comments »
February 28, 2012 2:35 pm

I see where Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested for marijuana possession in Atlanta, Ga. (TNT, 2-28). According to the news reports, an odor of marijuana was emanating from his apartment – his private residence – and police obtained a search warrant, found marijuana residue and ash, and arrested Hill and his girlfriend.

So let me get this straight: Hill was arrested and hauled off to detention for smoking a substance that has caused a statistically negligible number of deaths, if any. The illegality of this substance has caused tens of thousands of deaths in Mexico and other countries, as well as costing the U.S. government billions of dollars in border enforcement and personnel costs.

Very likely in a nearby apartment people were consuming alcohol, a legal substance which annually causes tens of thousands of deaths, ruins families and careers, and is responsible for a myriad of health-related costs and illnesses. However, the legalization of this product has resulted in a statistically negligible cost, if any, in trafficking enforcement and deaths due to “alcohol turf wars.”

As usual, our wise lawmakers have again shown us why they know best and we’re just clueless and uninformed.

Leave a comment Comments → 10
  1. igotdabombfool says:

    What’s your point? You’ve brought up the same argument as everybody else.

  2. Mike let me help you put hill’s arrest in perspective. He broke the law it’s the 3rd time this idiot has been caught breaking the law. The fact you don’t like the law doesn’t give you the right to break the law. My son likes to drive fast. He will explain to you that he has never hurt anyone or thing while driving 100 plus miles per hour. Would you be OK with him driving down your street at 100 as long as he feels it’s safe. I wouldn’t that’s why I threatened to take the keys away if he does it again. The same true for Hill. Until the law is changed abide by it or get arested, case closed

  3. Well stated oldman, especially the driving fast w/my 68 dodge charger!

  4. sandblower says:

    Not a well thought out letter.

  5. bobcat1a says:

    Oldman, that’s well stated AS LONG AS you explain how many people have ever been killed by someone smoking pot in the privacy of their home.

  6. alindasue says:

    The question, oldman4, is not whether your son has hurt anyone going 100 plus miles per hour, but what are the statistical odds that he might? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, those odds are quite high.


    Alcohol, which is perfectly legal in this country, kills with regularity. People die of alcohol poisoning, often choking on their own vomit. Alcohol also suppresses inhibitions leading to any number of stupid decisions like driving 100+ mph, saying things one shouldn’t, or starting a fight. I’ve met a good number of violent drunks, but I’ve yet to meet a violent pothead.

    By contrast, if you take the “trafficking” gangs and overzealous policemen out of the equation, how many people have been killed or even injured by marijuana? Not many.

    Personally, I don’t approve of the use of either substance, but there were reasons they ended alcohol prohibition. Every one of those reasons can equally be applied to marijuana. The cost the “war” on marijuana has exacted on our society (and our constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure) has been too high.

  7. Just because you don’t agree with a law, doesn’t mean you can break it. I don’t care what all the pro pot people say, statistics they break out, until its legal, it is illegal and people should be arrested and convicted because of it.

  8. mikepeluso says:

    All of the comments to this letter are quite valid, however, the main point of my letter is not whether Hill should have been arrested, and it is not an attempt to get him off the hook. If he broke the law, he broke the law. I am in no way advocating that we should flaunt the law, no more than the gentleman’s son should be driving 100 mph.

    My entire point is the absurdity that pot is illegal in the first place, and the obvious and blatant inconsistencies in our laws. That’s it.

    For the record, I have never touched the stuff in my life, and have absolutely no desire to touch it, nor any other drug. Neither do I smoke and I drink very little. This letter was entirely a comment on our seriously-flawed legal system.

  9. pantomancer says:

    Is something missing from the story ?

    Seems odd.

  10. BlaineCGarver says:

    Legalize Pot. Period.

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