Pubdate: Thu, 19 Nov 2015
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2015 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: Nathan Esplanade


Re "Preparing for pot legalization" (Editorial, Nov. 12):

Last week the CN&R once again stunk up its pages with pro-pot 
propaganda. That is, with arguments that since people are going to 
smoke recreational marijuana whether it's legal or not, it might as 
well be legal so it's "safe" and so government can tax it.

This author and the CN&R will have blood on their hands if 
recreational marijuana's legalized in California. That is, for 
minimizing the seriousness of the drug's effect on human health, the 
environment and public safety.

Alcohol already destroys marriages, families and careers. It also 
causes 10,076 deaths and $59 billion in property damage and medical 
costs annually-just from motor vehicle crashes alone. In so doing it 
swells everyone's insurance premiums and causes many to incur 
astronomical legal fees. Do we really want to throw marijuana into this mix?

Like alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, marijuana's harmful and isn't 
necessary for either pleasure or pain relief. Rather, these 
substances are traps for those with more money than awareness, 
compassion and self-respect.

Nathan Esplanade

Tehama County
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