Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

The U.S. Constitution established our democratic republic. Working well, it treats residents with fairness and respect. Justice for all we are promised. Marijuana has been trying hard to ruin the way we promised to be. For 80 years our government has punished adults for possession or use of marijuana. Jail time, fines, loss of family and jobs, a criminal record—all of it for doing nothing against anyone.

Marijuana has been used for 6,000 years to relieve muscle aches and pains. Is that bad? Adult use does not mean abuse. An adult's desire to use marijuana should not require anyone's permission. It does not cause the trouble alarmists claim it does. An adult can buy alcohol—our worst troublemaker and killer and abuser—at a grocery store. They can buy junk food and tobacco at the grocery store, as well. And they are known to cause considerable health problems. Alcohol abuse kills thousands per year. It's also known to be relevant in rapes, beatings, family abuse, divorce, loss of jobs and crimes of all kinds. Any comparison between marijuana and booze does not exist.

Punishing adults for use of marijuana is what bullies do. My 64 years around alcohol abuse has shown our government attacks the trouble and ignores the problem. They go both ways with our biggest troublemaker.

Lon LaBelle

Thompson Falls

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