Dems & Weed…

Rachel Lu writes a piece today titled “Why America will regret legalizing marijuana” and the first paragraph reads as follows:

The Democrats have a new moral crusade.  It’s youth-oriented and free of identity politics.  It’s got nothing to do with Trump, or Russia.  Today’s Democrats are fighting for your right to get baked.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has brought the Marijuana Justice Act to the party.  This, if passed, would decriminalize marijuana and also expunge earlier marijuana-related convictions.  Light up and enjoy without any law to thwart your fun.  He is part of a Democrat group that touts the economic and moral benefits that will flow from his proposed law.

Lu then goes on to help us all see this is not just a Democrat issue these days.  She reminds us that President Trump has declared his willingness to protect states that have legalized pot.  John Boehner, a former Republican House member who decried marijuana then, now sits on the Board of a company that markets cannabis.  Of course, the Colorado marijuana market that is now measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars in just the first 5 years is also mentioned.  Failure to mention the fact that in five years Colorado has seen the proliferation of ‘dispensaries’, a huge increase in pot ‘tourism’ and the growing numbers of homeless addicts.

Politicians can see where this all is going and they have never refused to climb aboard any vehicle that means more votes before this, and are unlikely to begin now.  Proponents point to the tens of thousands of jobs that have sprung up in Colorado as further ‘proof’ of why we have to get onboard before this train has left the station.

A solid majority of Americans now support the legalization of Marijuana.  The younger voters are very supportive and the politicos are not too keen on blowing up that marketplace consisting of more and more votes.

Our society today struggles with holding down jobs, maintaining healthy living habits, managing personal relationships and handling money capably.  The numbers of young marrieds are falling.  Given this backdrop, we find Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer using lines like ‘using pot doesn’t hurt anyone else’ or extolling the virtues of legalization in Colorado and Washinton states.  He seems to be unaware of Colorado’s significant increase in automobile accidents since pot became legal.

We are occasional visitors to Colorado and, given that, we see effects maybe more quickly than some residents might.  Especially if those residents benefit somehow from the legalization of Marijuana without thinking of the negative consequences it has on users and, then, on the citizens who have to deal with the potheads and the residue left behind.  The additional revenue may be nice, but the price that has for residents is not being taken into account sufficiently.

History tells us that as we increase the availability of opioids, the issues become magnified.  This is not some secret that has only recently surfaced.  There is little to indicate that this will not follow in the world of marijuana users especially when that doesn’t fill the need of the addict any longer and causes them to graduate to something stronger.

And those matriculation ceremonies happen every day in varying numbers of people who make that next move and forsake any hope they might’ve had at one time of being a normal, productive member of society.

Rachel Lu concluded her piece with this:

Here’s another lesson from the opioids.  When indigent populations are suffering, the rest of the nation can be awfully slow to notice.  Many thousands had died of opium overdoses before America started to consider that it had a bit of a drug problem. That’s not going to happen with pot, which is far less likely to kill you.  But if it took thousands to persuade authorities that OxyContin was a problem, how much havoc would marijuana have to wreak on indigent citizens and families before anyone would bother to reconsider the wisdom of legalization?  How many kids will have to be removed from their families because their addicted parents can’t quite get around to feeding them or taking them to school?  How many young adults will watch social lives and career plans disappear into the vortex of addiction, while their parents watch despondently?  These sorts of cases might not appear on Schumer’s radar, because he’s more interested in courting young voters and securing state revenues.  It’s these kinds of cases that should remind us, though, that there’s no such thing as a victimless, self-destructive habit.  Innocent people always get hurt.


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