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Posted September 20, 2012 | comments 1 Comment

Drug sentence a slap on wrist

Editor:

Does it seem to anyone else in Shenandoah County that our government is corrupt?

I can't get past the fact that an attorney who knows and studies the law can grow over 40 marajuana plants on his property and get away with a slap on the wrist. Good thing it was not a regular citizen - they would have put him under the jail.

I always knew it was all about who you were and what your last name was in this county, but this is ridiculous. Not only did he get by with growing the drugs, but he now has unsupervised probation. "WOW" what a great judicial system.

Shaun Alkire, Edinburg

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    A number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana have been gaining steam lately. There are places in California where it's already legal for medicinal purposes. Much of the American public now believes that the drug should be legalized (40 percent according to a Rasmussen International Poll ) but others are still concerned about health damage and other adverse affects.

    Yes

    The drug generally isn't more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation.
    Limiting the use of the drug intrudes on personal freedom.
    Legalization would mean a lower price; thus, related crimes (like theft) would be reduced.
    There are medical benefits such as the those for cancer patients.
    Street justice related to drug disputes would be reduced.
    It could be a source of additional tax revenues.
    Police and court resources would be freed up for more serious crimes.
    Drug dealers (including some terrorists) would lose most or all of their business.
    The FDA or others could regulate the quality and safety of drugs.
    Like sex, alcohol, or cigarettes, marijuana is one of life's little pleasures for some people.
    Aside from recreational drug use, Cannabis has several industrial and commercial uses, as over 25,000 products can be made from the crop.
    Drug busts often trap young people in a flawed system that turns them into lifelong criminals.
    NO
    Marijuana is often used as a stepping-stone drug, leading to heroin, cocaine, or other harder drugs.
    Stoned driving and other dangers would be increased.
    Some consider use of the drug as morally wrong.
    Legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of kids.
    Because of drug-related arrests, people who have committed or are likely to commit more serious crimes can be taken off the streets.
    Physical damage would be done to users that abuse the drug.
    More widespread use would increase the dangers of secondhand smoke-damage to bystanders.
    Legalization of marijuana could eventually lead to the legalization of harder drugs or all drugs altogether.
    http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm

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