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POT: An unsafe experiment

| April 23, 2021 1:00 AM

Hello, Mr. Belville. I’ve been expecting you, as well as a reference to “reefer madness.” Everything I stated in my article was current information and easily googled. You’re the one using the same old, tired arguments (e.g. pot’s not as unhealthy as alcohol and cigarettes, so I get to be unhealthy too.) That’s been scientifically debunked.

Some of my sources included Alex Berenson, author of “Tell Your Children” and Dr. Kevin Sabet (SAM).

Further, William Brangham, (PBS) states: “Legalization was sold, in part, as a way to put a dent in the drug trade, but, in many states, the police say the black market for marijuana has increased since legalization.” With great insight Brangham explains, legalization “is a complicated social and political experiment this country is now [quickly] running…”.

Experiments don’t always end well. Just because we’re in the middle of one doesn’t mean it’s something that’s good for our nation, or something that our citizens will continue to support. Those opposed to legalization are late to battle; and proponents have powerful lobbyists behind them, spending millions, (Open Secrets) while those at the top are making millions. Your stance that the people voted for it, is a weak argument.

Finally, there are states (MS, SD, MT, MA) who recently attempted to overturn legalization. (e.g. SD successfully showed laws were unconstitutional.) Just as legalization wasn’t attained overnight, repeal won’t be either.

The only “reefer madness” we’re seeing, is the cancer of acceptance and legalization.

JAN CONNER

Kootenai County