Pubdate: Sun, 10 Nov 2002
Source: Ogdensburg Journal/Advance News (NY)
Copyright: 2002 St. Lawrence County Newspapers Corp
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Author: Charles W. Kelly
Referenced: (Ballot Initiatives)


As long as we have a law saying that marijuana is an illegal drug, the 
police, district attorney and courts have a responsibility to take this 
seriously. School districts need to step up to the plate and not continue 
to push the controversies under the table. You can't expect the police to 
make the arrests if the D.A. won't prosecute or if the local courts toss 
the cases out of court. It will be interesting to see what happens.

It was interesting to note that where legalizing marijuana was on the 
ballot election day, the voters spoke clearly. Until the laws are changed 
the issue must be faced squarely, but will they be? If people understand 
that the judicial system is no longer going to look the other way or be 
satisfied with just a slap on the back of the hand, the situation might change.

Discipline in and around school grounds must be tightened up, this is a 
good place to start.
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