Letters from the issue of April 28, 2011

Toke'n Politics

Tax the weed: Gradually we are realizing that Luke's call to stop jailing pot smokers is shared by many ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, April 21.) Remember Prohibition; let's regulate marijuana and tax it. We did it with tobacco and alcohol.

George G. Diaz


Big picture: I really want to know how serious you are about running for mayor of Dade County, taking nothing for granted, and addressing the issues that citizens are worried about: jobs/unemployment, violence, foreclosures, and the mess at Jackson Hospital. You need to be more visible, not taking anything for granted in the final weeks before the election.

Marva Lightbourne


Dumb idea: Let's legalize yet another drug so we can dumb up more people so we can fall further behind in world standing. Grow up, potheads!

J. Frybergh


Feds rule: Marijuana changes your mood and alters perception, which is exactly what any drug does. Because it comes from a plant (as well as cocaine and opium) is meaningless. If you want it legal, good luck running it through the FDA. And to the aspiring politician, I will remind you that federal law trumps state law — a lesson you should already know.

Anonymous


Check spending: It is a question of priorities. While we are stripping funds from education and other successful programs, we spend $7.6 billion every year in a battle against marijuana and in excess of $15 billion in the overall "War on Drugs." Personally, I would prefer to spend this money on education and teachers, not on chasing "potheads" who are primarily peaceful, everyday people who work hard to support families.

Anonymous


Laugh and eat: The law must be changed. Too many young women and men have their lives ruined because they were caught with a small amount of cannabis. The police should be free to protect us from violent, dangerous criminals, not worry about busting some folks who are hungry and amused.

Kargold


Slick Rick: Something better change quick, cuz Rick Scott wants to privatize more state prisons. Lobbying for stiffer fines means Ricky getting fatter pockets cuz of the increase of inmates.

Anonymous


About time: It's about time someone spoke up on this issue. The herb is harmless and has never been known to cause death. Tobacco and alcohol are way worse substances, and marijuana could save Florida's economy. Keeping the herb illegal is only costing the taxpayers more, and busting people for a joint is not effective. Whether you are a toker or not, this law is ridiculous. Legalize it. It is time.

Matthew Earl


Whole hog: The proper course for Florida to take is full legalization. Why waste time and money on baby steps toward legalization when we can be efficient and do it right the first time?

Anonymous


Happy stoned: Smoking a joint is no crime. I've been a toker for well over 30 years and have never been involved in an accident because of the magic herb. I can function and think clearly when I'm stoned. No spinning rooms, no puking, no hangover. Keep this up and you might just win me over.

Carlos


Trampled rights: If you're not willing to take action to help change the awful marijuana policy that has plagued our state and our nation for many decades, you have no right to complain when you or someone you know or love is harmed because of it. Every citizen is harmed by marijuana prohibition, not just those who use it for recreation. We are all funding this unconstitutional prohibition with tens of billions of tax dollars every year, and everyone is losing constitutional rights and liberties because of it.

Anonymous


Torn Apart

Hypocritical nation: Keeping Lyglenson Lemorin from coming here from Haiti to attend his son's funeral is a travesty of justice ("Heart of Ice," Tim Elfrink, April 21). It's really shameful how this country yells at and criticizes other nations for human rights violations, yet it has violated countless people's human rights by illegal detentions, state-sponsored economic warfare, and discrimination against the working and middle classes. This nation liberated itself from King George III to fall into a dictatorship of the greedy corporations and corrupt so-called representatives in Washington, D.C., who have no term limits and mooch off of our hard-earned money. This country's government and leaders are hypocrites.

Rausky


Deserved it: Lemorin was here illegally, and he was hanging out with potential terrorists. They should deport the rest of his family.

Anonymous

 
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Kenny C.
Kenny C.

The law no longer even HAS a real reason to be in effect. Once it became illegal, over time, it basically just stayed tacked to the Federal hallway wall that lead to the bathroom & was seen every day. More time goes by & the law gets more & more unnoticed 'till eventually, it's just normal for it to be illegal, & just stays on the bathroom hall wall forever..

Stop screwin' up America & legalize it already!!!

anonymous
anonymous

The "war on drugs" is one the biggest and most costly failures in American and world history. Prohibition does not work. As long as marijuana grows in some homes and gardens, or even in the wild, there will always be someone who wants to toke up. I understand that some drugs are illegal for a reason. Cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, et cetera, are all highly addictive and quite deadly. People have lost their jobs, homes, possessions, and even their very lives to those drugs. Marijuana, however, in the 10,000+ years that it has been used by people from all walks of life, has never claimed a single life due to its use alone. This plant also has potential to be more helpful to our economy than anything our government can shove down our throats. It could be used as lumber with which people can build homes. We can produce much more paper with an acre of hemp than we can with an acre of forest. Hemp can also be used to produce a much cleaner fuel than our current and increasingly expensive fuels made from crude oil. I could go on for an eternity about the benefits of legalization, but I will stop here. In conclusion, I must say that if no action is taken by the citizens of this nation, more and more money will be unnecessarily spent attempting to fight the herb that God has given to us, and more and more people will be imprisoned when they have done nothing wrong. The majority of marijuana smokers in this country, as well as the rest of the world, are NOT criminals. It is our duty as citizens to make these facts well known and understood.

Jillian
Jillian

The federal marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers $40 billion a year, generates 800,000 unnecessary arrests every year, diverts $10 billion a year to the Mexican drug cartels, is directly responsible for the death of more than 35,000 people in Mexico in just the last four years, and lures drug dealers into our neighborhoods selling their stinking weed to our children. And worst of all, it doesn't even stop kids from smoking marijuana!

We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana should be legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

jsknow
jsknow

What a waste! How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

I'm all for law and order but marijuana PROHIBITION is an unnecessary unconstitutional law based on corporate greed and well documented LIES, many of which are documented in court records.

The LIES, which caused marijuana to become illegal were completely debunked decades ago, so why hasn't the PROHIBITION ended? The only reasons I can come up with after years of marijuana policy research are: corporate greed and Government corruption.

Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we legally consume and give to our kids all the time!

Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it? Certainly not We The People!

No matter where you stand on the issue of legalizing marijuana everyone should read: MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril, WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither and the free online book: THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES, The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and The Conspiracy Against Marijuana. Click the links to those titles on this webpage: Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

Taxing sales is fine as long as the taxes are reasonable but if they're too high, they will promote a black market rather than end it.

Adults MUST have the right to grow their own just like they can make their own beer and wine. Most people will buy rather than produce their own just like they do with beer and wine but the option helps keep prices and taxes reasonable.

anonymus
anonymus

Let's face reality. Making drugs illegal doesn't stop people from using them. It's just like the fact that making abortion illegal doesn't stop people from having abortions. Let's clean it all up, make it all legal. Then we can release everyone that is in prison on drug-related charges, and stop all this government policing activity related to the drug war. Just think of all the money that we'd save as a society. What we've been doing for the last 30 years is like pounding your head against a brick wall and then complaining that it hurts. It's all absurdly naive!

anonymous
anonymous

Thank God for you, Jillian. I hope your message is heard and put into action.

anonymus
anonymus

Great comments, Jillian. Thanks for stating things so clearly.

 
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