Pubdate: Mon, 08 Dec 2008
Source: Patriot Ledger, The  (Quincy, MA)
Copyright: 2008 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Author: Ralph Givens


Deputy chief of police William G. Brooks III begins singing dirges
before evidence of any harm emerges. Brooks chants the reefer madness
theme with the nerve of a burglar but offers no logical reason to
believe what he says. It is sad to hear a fellow who made a career of
invading pot smoker's privacy appeal to the desire to be left alone
as an alibi for continuing a lunatic policy. Most cannabis users
prefer not having a criminal record caused by a sadistic law. I
suspect that Brooks real complaint is the loss of easy money cops make
enforcing marijuana laws. Appearing in court, etc., earns police
officers mega-buck rewards in overtime pay. That's why they lie
about marijuana. Within a few months, the public will be irrevocably
convinced that marijuana poses very little danger. If deputy chief
Brooks wants a new mission, he can lead a crusade against teen

Ralph Givens

Daly City, Calif.
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