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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 | 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.

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