Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

Tag: marijuana

Jan.
21st

MARIJUANA: I-502 voters were naive and selfish

Re: “I-502 voters aren’t all ‘potheads’” (letter, 1-19).

I would agree that most of the voters who approved Initiative 502 are not active users of the drug. Unfortunately, they were extremely naive, ignorant and selfish in being bamboozled by a 20-second TV spot promising huge new revenue (to finance socialism) and the downfall of the drug criminal from the street.

Legalization of marijuana condemns a future generations of our youth to a host of physical and mental disorders. Revenue from sales will be used to educate people on the dangers of the drug. Isn’t that like cutting off your

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Jan.
21st

MARIJUANA: Too much attention to pot lobby

The News Tribune featured an article about the “pot backers” on the front page (1-19). The reporting was factual and accurate – but it did not need be on the front page.

For us outside the pot culture, the article suggests that the pot lobby is fighting valiantly for its freedom against American bigots.  The point is of value to that lobby.

Articles like this have been repeated continually in the U.S. media for over a decade. Fair-minded American people have listened to the propaganda to vote for pot out of a sense of fairness.

It is documented that

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Jan.
17th

MARIJUANA: I-502 voters aren’t all users

Pierce County Council Chairman Dan Roach calls those who support implementation of Initiative 502 a “pothead” constituency” (TNT, 1-15).

With I-502 passing with 55 percent of the vote, and half of the state’s counties approving, I would suggest that the majority of constituents supporting the measure were not users. A recent graphic published by The News Tribune also demonstrated broad geographic county support.

What Washington voters have shown over the years is that they are pragmatic and fiercely independent in addressing public policy measures through the initiative process.
They saw the benefit of creating a structured, regulated system

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Jan.
13th

MARIJUANA: Legalization better than criminalization

Jay Ambrose cautions states to “watch Colorado carefully for a number of years before experimenting themselves with the lives of their children” (TNT, 1-12). He writes that if pot gets into the hands of teenagers, “IQ development will be thwarted and their chances of psychosis immensely aggravated.”

Let’s not argue about whether pot consumption leads to IQ retardation and psychosis, although the evidence on that is pretty skimpy. Even so, legalizing pot is smart.

First, even in Colorado or Washington, teens can’t legally consume marijuana.

Second, teens already have unfettered access to pot, and anyone not doped up knows

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Jan.
13th

MARIJUANA: Voters knew what they were doing

Jay Ambrose accuses us of experimenting with kids’ live” by legalizing pot (TNT, 1-12). Incarcerating young people for possession of pot is far worse.

The voters in Washington and Colorado are rational bunch. They know that there are potential problems with legalized pot. They also know that the 50-year “war on drugs” was a dismal failure. Moreover, they know that incarcerating people for possession and sale of small quantities of pot destroys young lives and places a gigantic burden on taxpayers to pay for prisons.

Further, enforcing pot laws diverts scarce law enforcement resources from more useful tasks and

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Jan.
13th

MARIJUANA: Funny/sad cartoon

I found the “political” cartoon on Sunday to be both sad and hilarious. It would be terribly sad if a significant portion of the Washington population came even close to being this excited about the change in the Washington law allowing the legal growing, sale and use of marijuana; it would be sad if anyone were this thrilled.

On the other hand the cartoon is hilarious because of the wonderful artistry, the terrific wording on all the signs, and the very funny words sung to the tune of “Home on the Range.” I’d love to see more of the

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Jan.
3rd

MARIJUANA: Foot-dragging on pot sales here?

Colorado approved legalization of recreational marijuana the same day Washington voters did. As of Wednesday, citizens of Colorado are able to go into a shop and buy pot over the counter. Meantime, our state government is still “processing applications” for growers and sellers, and the kickoff date for sales is not in sight.

Is the government of Colorado that much more competent than ours, or is there some official foot-dragging going on? Inquiring minds want to know.

Dec.
17th

MARIJUANA: Council acts beyond its scope

Re: “Council overrides pot veto” (TNT, 12-11).

The flurry of recent actions by Pierce County Council members Jim McCune, Joyce McDonald, Doug Richardson, Stan Flemming and Dan Roach essentially blocks folks in Pierce County from engaging in selling and growing marijuana (for recreational purposes). However, it is their right to do so in accordance with voter-approved Initiative 502.

The actions are extraordinary and beyond the scope of the County Council. Since when has it become the business of a handful of council members to pick and choose which state laws they like and don’t like?

But voters will soon

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