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Society going up in smoke

Again, one county or two on the west side of Washington has decided for the entire state. This time it’s that marijuana can now be considered a recreational substance.

My question to those who voted for Initiative 502: Are you really willing to accept the possibility that school bus drivers can be transporting your children to and from school with a leftover buzz from the previous night’s recreational party? Are you OK with law enforcement officers making critical life and death decisions with a bit too much THC in their blood? If you say it can’t happen, then prove it.

You justify this position because it will bring copious amounts of tax dollars to the state’s coffers and it will empty jails clogged with people convicted of minor drug infractions. Why not use this same reasoning for other currently illegal actions such as prostitution or speeding, and the like? Using this reasoning, whatever crime the state can’t seem to stop, then legalize it, tax it, and then it will then be good for society.

Have we finally reached the age where we can fix the ugly but can’t fix stupid?

Doug Belcher


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