Category Archives: Drug Policy

We urge congress to vote against States Act

Parents Opposed to Pot urges Congress to reject the STATES Act, which would allow states to break federal law in order to become drug dealers. Senators Gardner and Warren and Representatives Blumenauer and Joyce introduced bills into their respective houses of Congress.  Some states like California and Colorado feed illicit drug markets throughout the country.  We should not sanction this rampant lawlessness, because it leads to terrible public health and safety consequences. Continue reading We urge congress to vote against States Act

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Big Surprise: Illinois legalizes weed in state legislature

On May 31, Illinois became the first and only state to commercialize marijuana through state legislature.  Governor Pritzker hopes the state can raise money this way.  The legalization bill passed on the very last day of the legislative session. The law goes into effect January 1.

Other state legislators looked at facts and figures, and rejected legalization this year.  Continue reading Big Surprise: Illinois legalizes weed in state legislature

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Can states regulate marijuana?

 Many people tell us that the solution to the problems of marijuana legalization is “regulating,” so that the stronger stuff will no longer be sold.  Let’s go back to the marijuana of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, they say. (THC levels had skyrocketed from 3.6% in the 1990s to around 20% in Colorado and more than 20% in Washington.) Can states regulate marijuana? 

Since states are the “laboratories of democracy,” and several states have had legalization for years, we can evaluate whether or not regulation works.

The answer is no.  Continue reading Can states regulate marijuana?

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Stop the marijuana madness

By Bill Deckard, letter to the editor, The Daily Herald

As our state lawmakers rush toward legalizing recreational marijuana before they go home in June, here are some things you should think about:

Marijuana is a dangerous drug. It impairs judgment, destroys ambition and ruins relationships. That’s why it has been illegal for all these years. Making it legal won’t change this. It will still be a dangerous drug that impairs judgment, destroys ambition and ruins relationships.

It is no accident that many states have already legalized “medical” marijuana. That has been a “part of the plan” from Day One: legalize medical marijuana first and then there will be less resistance to total legalization.

Big business is eager to get you hooked. Altria, the producer of Marlboro cigarettes, has already invested $2 billion in marijuana. They couldn’t kill us all with their cigarettes, so they’ll finish the job with marijuana.

The proposed law says you’ll be allowed to possess only an ounce of marijuana and grow only five plants at a time. How dumb do they think we are? Once marijuana becomes legal, it will inundate our world. You’ll have easy access to as much as you want.

Worst of all, we’ll all be complicit in destroying the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Dear legislators, please stop this madness.

Bill Deckard

Winfield

Appeared in The Daily Herald on May 13, 2019 https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190513/stop-the-marijuana-madness

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