Wisdom from the Web: Heated discussions
In our Aug. 2 editorial “Time to weed out pot laws?” we voiced support for the a lawmaker’s bill to legalize marijuana use, though we expressed doubt that the bill would actually make its way into law. At the end of the editorial, we said we hoped the bill Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., introduced would at least spark a healthy discussion about the effectiveness of drug laws.
As far as we can tell, news of the bill hasn’t fueled a strong national discussion on the war on drugs, but the editorial did spark a vigorous debate on VailDaily.com.
Here are some of the replies:
Seriously, this is a very irresponsible editorial. Our teenagers read this newspaper. We have an addiction problem in our county. A big addiction problem, among our teenagers. Speak to any recovering addict, and they will tell you they had to give up marijuana as well as alcohol and other mind-altering substances in order to get off drugs. What IS the editorial staff smoking? No mystery there.
I have never understood the “brush it under the carpet” mentality. Teens see right through that! This is not a black-and-white issue by any stretch. The general population will always have their drink and whatever else they choose to indulge in. Getting everyone “off drugs” is a pipe dream. The best solution is to target and pinpoint the drugs that are most detrimental to society, and we all know that alcohol and hard drugs are the culprits.
What no one ever seems to want to admit is, the most harmful drug in the world is also the only one that’s legal under federal law.
There are far less dangerous drugs than alcohol that are prohibited, and teens see right through these lies (and) then consider all drug war propaganda as lies. “Well, they lied about pot, so they’re probably lying about heroin!” How the heck does that help?
I certainly don’t advocate for marijuana to be openly legal and unregulated. Study after study have shown that the current laws have made marijuana easier for kids to acquire than alcohol. So, let’s regulate pot like alcohol and see what happens. I bet that use by people under the legal age will dwindle.
Obviously none of you have spent any time in a local AA meeting where teenage high school kids are appearing weekly and talking about what drug addiction is all about. Maybe you should, maybe you need it yourselves? Why are you all so invested in making MJ legal? Perhaps you have a little addiction problem yourself.
Wake up and smell the coffee, the reality is quite different from your what you are describing. I’m talking about the “grassroots,” if you’ll forgive the pun, of what’s happening in our community.