Pubdate: Tue, 12 Nov 2013
Source: Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA)
Copyright: 2013 Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
Author: Joe Hessom


This is in response to the letter "Legalize cannabis for adults" 
(Oct. 16), written by the deputy director of the National 
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Legalizing marijuana will only accelerate the rapid decline of the 
United States. Experts tell us marijuana is a gateway drug to others, 
such as heroin, methamphetamine, etc.

Here is what really needs to happen to help our country:

Make drug dealing a capital offense. This will make dealing the most 
dangerous occupation there is.

Screen law enforcement and those in the justice system to ensure they 
are not current or former drug users. For example, we do not want any 
judges who were cocaine users in the '70s.

Make drug tests mandatory for welfare recipients. Narcotics users 
certainly are not trying to get a job, as most companies require 
pre-employment drug screening.

Pass tougher laws against drug users. Eliminating users puts the 
dealers out of business.

We live in a country where, if people choose, they can get a roof 
over their head, food and clothing. Sadly, some people find their 
lives so miserable that they must alter their state of mind. I humbly 
beseech dope users to send their drug money to unfortunate children 
overseas instead of altering their minds.

What we need in our country is fewer dopeheads and more law-abiding patriots.

Joe Hessom

Allegheny Township
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