Pubdate: Tue, 20 Nov 2007
Source: Times Argus (Barre, VT)
Copyright: 2007 Times Argus
Author: Clancy DeSmet


I am writing in support of Robert Sand, Windsor County State's
Attorney. It's important for our elected officials to speak out and
speak truth to power. Robert Sand is courageous and people should
listen to what he has to say about marijuana.

We need to change the law. We need to think more progressively.

State law continues to incarcerate Vermonters who use, possess,
cultivate or distribute marijuana. This is a waste of taxpayer money.
These people are committing nonviolent crimes, and they are
contributing to the overcrowding population of our prisons. It also
causes violent offenders to be let out because of this

We can regulate the use, decriminalize the user, and change our policy
towards marijuana. The Vermont Assembly has a chance to change the
policy, but they fail to take steps towards a new policy.

Marijuana should be regulated, like alcohol, with standards to prevent
contamination or dangerous chemicals from entering the market.

We all know that alcohol and/or tobacco are far more harmful to
individuals and society than marijuana. I find it inconsistent that we
punish marijuana users more severely than those who abuse alcohol
and/or tobacco products are not punished by the state in any way.

Public safety is more at risk due to violent crimes than it is from
marijuana users. Our tax dollars should be used to prosecute violent
crime, not to punish marijuana users. Let's transform our drug policy.

Clancy DeSmet

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