Pubdate: Thu, 19 Jul 2007
Source: Record Searchlight (Redding, CA)
Copyright: 2007 Record Searchlight
Author: Pamela B. Bruce
Bookmark: (Cannabis - California)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)


Here we go again, spending billions of dollars to eradicate the 
marijuana plant.

I've been around marijuana smokers since 1971. I have known many 
marijuana smokers. Mostly they're responsible taxpaying adults such 
as business owners, college professors, cashiers, a doctor, etc., 
including someone very near and dear to me who has worked government 
jobs their entire life, most recently as a highly valued Shasta 
County employee for more than 10 years.

The truth is, marijuana abuse (not casual use) lowers your 
motivation; that's about it. Anything else considered bad about 
marijuana is only because it's illegal. Our children can get 
marijuana much easier than alcohol or cigarettes because drug dealers 
don't ask for ID. To make matters much worse, marijuana is now being 
taken over by drug cartels that are carrying weapons and taking over 
our national forests. Every year more and more is being spent to 
eradicate these illegal gardens, and the problem is only getting 
worse. All of these issues can be solved by legalizing marijuana.

Instead of spending billions to try to rid us of marijuana, why not 
spend the money on meth and crack issues, which are a major problem? 
We continually see articles stating the value of the eradicated 
gardens. Imagine if it were a legal crop. How much tax revenue would 
it generate?

Americans from all walks of life are smoking marijuana. We have been 
for many years, and we will continue to do so. I cannot understand 
why our government continues to sling propaganda regarding marijuana. 
Are there any reality-based reasons that marijuana should be illegal? 
Please, someone enlighten me.

Pamela B. Bruce

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