Up in Smoke
The legalization issue is complex ("Legalization Realization," Sept. 23). There has not been enough research and regulation to put marijuana and all the related products, including edibles, on the market. The potential for harm on the developing brain is not talked about enough. Teens do not perceive there to be harm around using marijuana, and this is wrong. Let's get the right messaging to parents about the real impact of marijuana on the developing brain. Today's marijuana is not the marijuana of our youth. The THC levels are 20 to 30 percent and higher in products like wax, butter and dabs. The edibles are not regulated, and you do not know what you are consuming. Let's do more work on this issue before we rush into destroying our teens. Twenty sixteen is too early to vote on this measure.
The issue of legal marijuana has very little to do with weed itself. It's more of a government issue of how to tax it. Many years ago, tobacco companies designed packs for joints. How to get billions of dollars from citizens legally growing pot? Another case of the "almighty dollar" over common sense.
I liked the style of this piece, giving direct voice to the interviewed. The North Bay Pothead was savvy. Chief David Bejarano was unfortunately disturbing.
If law enforcement leaders recognize that the public sentiment is in favor of legalization (or anything, for that matter) and law enforcement takes the stand that it is against this idea, sentiment, or trend, essentially this is a declaration that law enforcement does not identify with the people.
The federal government should make it legal to grow up to 500 or 1,000 plants, so that it will be legal to farm on a commercial level without allowing mega-corporations to monopolize the market. I like that it's grown by thousands of people in relatively small amounts with love and care about the product, and not for the love of money.
This is outrageous behavior ("Back Door Men," Sept. 23) from a local police department supposedly pledged to "serve and protect" their community. "Surveil and harass" is more like it. With so many in every community being incarcerated for nonviolent crimes and first-time offenses, why have the police increased the sense of injustice with these tactics? Good grief, three officers to conduct a parole search when no crime was suspected, no complaint made?
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