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My Response to A Time When Marijuana Is Legal

This issue is so massive that it makes me tired, just trying to figure out where to begin my response. I guess the best place to start would be to suggest you listen to our audio interviews with Superbowl Champ, Mark Stepnoski, and Yale Law School educated, Seattle criminal defense attorney, Jeff Steinborn. You can find those interviews on our AUDIO INTERVIEWS page to get some real, concrete insight into this whole issue. Let me say that I am not a regular cannabis consumer. I certainly _have_ smoked pot—more than once. And I also inhaled. So, I’ve had plenty of first-hand experience. And it’s not the evil, addictive, demon-drug the government and big-industry have made it out to be. Do your research and get the facts. Don’t believe the propaganda. Then come to your own, educated conclusions. The following excerpts are from the May 27, 2013 edition of the NY Times and are letters to the editor. READ THE FULL TEXT for yourself here. I will reply, per item below, in the body of the text – NYT -“To the Editor: Bill Keller gets it right: the question is no longer whether marijuana should be legalized, since whatever system emerges is going to put children at risk. Pot is high risk for children because the part of the brain that censors dumb and dangerous behavior is not yet developed, while the pleasure-seeking part is fully functional. So teenagers will do risky things, like driving while high. They’re also far more likely than adults to become addicted.” TPJ – There is so much wrong with what Mr. Rosenthal states here, as fact, that simply is not true. At least he starts by saying that the question is no longer whether marijuana should be legalized. But that’s the only lucid part of his statement. That he goes on to say that whatever system emerges is going to put children at risk infuriates me. This assumption is a red herring intended to elicit an emotional response and isn’t based on fact. The most significant threat to children currently, where marijuana is concerned, is the potential for arrest, possible conviction, and incarceration, of themselves or their parents, and the emotional damage resulting from being forced through the legal system. Add to those risks the HUGE side-effect of being denied access to government-funded student loans for attending college, something not even rapists and murderers are denied access to, and you begin to see the real risk to children. His claim that the part of the brain that censors dumb and dangerous behavior in children is not yet developed is laughable. I’m not a scientist…but I have raised seven children to adulthood…so I have a little experience in this area. And let me tell you, even a 2-year-old knows all too well what dumb and dangerous behavior is. Children are very good at preventing harm to their person, and recognizing when they have done something they shouldn’t have.  Contrast that with the fact that violent crimes are committed,…