Letters to the Editor

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Tag: initiative 1

Oct.
27th

POT: Think about the consequences

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

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Oct.
21st

POT: Specious argument for bad policy

I was disappointed by the recent editorial opposing Tacoma’s Initiative 1, which makes marijuana possession a lowest-priority misdemeanor.

First, the article did a quick two-step that politicized the initiative while failing to analyze the opportunity costs involved in enforcing and prosecuting pot laws. That would be millions in these tough times.

Second, the editorial asserts that pot “triggers” schizophrenia. The cited study finds correlation, not causation. Schizophrenics self-medicate at high rates, including with tobacco. The evidence suggests schizophrenia causes drug use, not vice-versa.

Finally, this study was accompanied by mention of Dutch politicians curbing marijuana use (because who knows science

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Oct.
20th

TACOMA: Pot initiative focused on wrong issue

Before I say anything, I’d like to say that I do not smoke pot and really have no interest in it other than the political implications surrounding it. That, and I don’t want to walk through a cloud of smoke when I’m strolling through a park (any cloud of smoke, really).

My primary complaint with Initiative 1 is that it paints an inaccurate picture. Do I really care if an AIDS patient is smoking pot? Do I think they should be arrested? The obvious answer is no. I don’t particularly care what they do with their bodies. If pot helps,

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Oct.
19th

TACOMA: Pot legality is none of city’s business

Tacoma’s Initiative 1 intendeds to indirectly weaken laws against marijuana use by infringing on the effectiveness of their enforcement. But people fail to realize that the illegality of marijuana use is federal law and is therefore no business of the City of Tacoma.

The U.S. Constitution specifically mentions that all federal laws will reign over any state or local law, which makes it unconstitutional for Tacoma to not abide by them. Now Initiative 1 may not be removing laws, but it is still a refusal to enforce them. One could look to California to notice that marijuana dispensers are allowed

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Oct.
19th

TACOMA: Pot initiative saves police resources

Re: Tacoma’s Initiative 1.

As the state of Washington, and even the country, moves into a climate of large budget cuts to governmental programs, is it finally time to admit that our police force’s war waged on marijuana users has ultimately failed?

Simply put, yes. This answer seems clear even to a nonsmoker such as myself. Unless the offender has committed a serious crime, or is a drug lord, there is no reason to prosecute these people and waste precious tax dollars on such a charade.

By making marijuana offenses the “lowest enforcement priority,” the police force will be able

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Oct.
18th

TACOMA: Say no to gateway initiative

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

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