A big ditto to Wayne Parker’s Letter to the Editor on Wednesday about the ludicrousness of imprisoning people for using medical marijuana. Jerry Withem is serving time for this offense.
My sister takes prescription marijuana to treat her chemosymptom of nausea — she is not incarcerated.
This is the epitome of hypocrisy and an egregiously unjust scenario. But to take this one step further, why not just legalize all marijuana — period?
It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Case in point: Prohibition was declared a monumental failure, yet here we are repeating history.
You can walk into a store and buy alcohol or cigarettes ( either of which can cause of death or disability, but if you buy marijuana you are a criminal.
Studies show pot to be less addictive and less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. ( Sure, the drug companies wouldn’t like the loss of revenue due to Marinol being off the market, but too bad. )
Think of all the prison beds that would be freed up, which would save bundles of taxpayer money and, also, the legal sale of pot would bring an influx of new tax revenue to communities.
As a bonus, all the pot dealers would be out of business, which would reduce crime. Seems like a win-win to me.
We can only imagine how many celebrities and other rich folks smoke pot and will never see the inside of a jail cell.
It’s time our legislators get their sanctimonious heads out of the sand and do the right thing, because what we are currently doing is certainly unfair and downright cruel.